Borno govt con­firms new fig­ures of ab­ducted girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

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).”

The com­mis­sioner

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.”

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