Our Abductors Wore Army Uniforms – Dapchi Senior Girl


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Few days after her release by Boko Haram, a senior student of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi in SS2, Rakiya Adamu, has said that those who abducted them were dressed in army uniforms.

She vowed never to return to the school even if the kidnappers released the 110 students that were kidnapped.

Narrating her horrific experience in the current edition of The Interview magazine, “We were in school waiting for the Magrib prayer when we started hearing gunshots. We started running with our teachers, looking for where to hide. We ran and ran and jumped the fence. We became tired and ran into a nearby village where we asked for help….”

According to a press statement signed by The MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, Rakiya described how the terrorists arrived and entrapped them: “They wore army uniforms and were begging us to come. They said, ‘Come to us, we will help you!’”

The statement by Ishiekwene added that Rakiya’s account is “one that would prick the conscience, even if one had eaten the head of a tortoise.”

“In a series of interviews conducted before and after the girls were released, the magazine spoke with parents, including the Chairman of the parents of the abducted girls, Malam Bashir Manzo, the Dapchi youth leader, security men, and residents of town, especially those living close to the school.

“Manzo, chairman of the abducted girls’ parents, said he knew something bad was going to happen on February 19: “I felt somehow throughout the day. I knew something bad was going to happen to me. But I prayed to God to protect me from evil and other bad things.”

“As it turned out, her daughter, Fatima, was abducted as she went to fetch water to break her fast that evening.

“Another parent, AbdullahiKawi, and father of kidnapped JSS2 student, Aisha, said he the most traumatic part of the kidnap saga was the misinformation given the parents by Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

“The father of five – one boy and four girls – said, “People like me stoned the governor’s convoy because he lied to us when he knew how terrible we were feeling. I’ll never regret stoning him.”

“After the return of the girls, the parents have been divided on whether or not they would return their children to the school, despite assurances by the government that the school is now safe.

“Also in this edition, good governance activist and former House of Representatives contestant, Aisha Osori, shared first-hand experience on how elections work in Nigeria; while member of the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, Bukola Oriola, spoke on how traffickers prey on the victims.”

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