Borno govt confirms new figures of abducted girls
The Borno state government yesterday agreed with the new figures of the abducted Chibok school girls as given by the affected parents of the students and principal of the Government Girls Secondary School on Monday.
Borno state commissioner of education Isa Inuwa Kubo in an interview with the BBC Hausa Radio said the government had to adopt the new figures of the missing girls following the statistics of the register opened for the affected parents.
He said: “the difference in the figures came after we told parents to come and tell us of their missing wards. Subsequently, we opened a register for the parents to let us know of their missing daughters, which they did.”
The commissioner said “The 129 we stated earlier reflected the number of those girls who were supposed to write examination at the time. But there were others who were in the school during the attack.
“As such, the number of those whose parents came and registered with us was more than 200. We however recovered 39, plus the four girls handed to their parents by the governor yesterday (Monday).”
also explained that “there are also 11 of the girls in Dambuwa, which makes it over 50 girls recovered thus far.”
He then refuted insinuation that the Borno state government attempted to play down the number of the girls by issuing 129 in the earlier times, asking “what does government stands to benefit from hiding the figures? Government would not gain anything out of that.”