Some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army.
Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Director General to Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, who disclosed this yesterday, admitted that some of the schoolgirls were actually abducted by Boko Haram on Monday.
“The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists on Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
“The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.
“We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course.
“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who is very grateful for the gallantry and hard work of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army involved in the operation, is monitoring the situation closely and will make a statement in due course,” the statement said.
Combined security operatives are currently combing bushes and neighbourhood communities in and around Dapchi, where over 90 schoolgirls were, on Monday, declared missing following an attack by Boko Haram.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian military and other security agencies to immediately take charge of the school.
The insurgents had, on Monday, attacked the school, firing sporadically and forcing staff and students to flee for safety. In the process, the gunmen looted the school’s foodstuff.
Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mallam Mohammed Lamin, in an interview with New Telegraph, said the security operatives were helping to search and recover the missing schoolgirls.
Fifty-four students are still missing following the attack.
The state government on Wednesday confirmed that over 50 of the schoolgirls are still unaccountable.
The Yobe State Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, said the security forces had pursued the insurgents in a new location where they were reported to have been seen.
The Yobe police boss had, on Tuesday, said 111 schoolgirls were still unaccounted for, following Monday’s attack by Boko Haram members on the school.
A source in the school told our correspondent that the number of missing students dropped after some of the students’ parents reported yesterday of the return of their children.
“We are still searching for the remaining 54 students,” the source told New Telegraph.
According to the Education Commissioner, as at Tuesday, 71 students were missing and that by yesterday, some of them have returned to school.
He said: “The security agencies are currently carrying out the search for us. They are on it, combing everywhere.
“As of now, the roll call we took on Tuesday, 71 were missing. We were made to understand that some of them have returned to the school, and many more may be coming in. We have been getting them in trickles, and we hope all of them will return, and we also hope most of the parents whose children may have reached home would also tell us.
“We were made to understand that there were pupils who left the school without informing the authorities. They boarded vehicles down to Damaturu, Gashua and other places. As soon as we get information that they have reached home, then we would also update our status.”
Abdullahi Bego, Director-General (Press Affairs) to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, in a statement made available to New Telegraph, said the Yobe State Government is working with the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all students in the school are fully accounted for.
His words: “As the public is aware, the students were helped by their teachers to escape through the night to the surrounding bush and villages as the terrorists stormed the town on Monday.
“Out of the 926 students in the school, over 50 are still unaccounted for as of the time of this statement (Wednesday). However, the Yobe State Government has continued to receive information about some of the girls being found in the general area to which they escaped.
“The state government is coordinating with the army and law enforcement agencies to ensure that those girls are returned safely.
“The Yobe State Government assures parents and the school community that it will do everything necessary to ensure that all the missing girls are found and returned to their school and families and that security is improved in the area.”
The Yobe State Government said it has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists.
A community leader in Dapchi, Yobe State, who pleaded for anonymity, said: “The insurgents went into the students’ hostel and many of the students scaled fence to the bushes. Until we have the final list of these students, no one can tell if they are abducted or not.”
He said some parents have also reported to the school authority that their children had reached their homes safely.
The Monday’s incident has sparked fears of a repeat of Chibok abduction.
More than 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school yesterday demanding information.
“We can’t find our girls that have been missing for two days. We don’t know if they are alive or not because we can’t tell of their whereabouts,” one of the guardians, Abubakar Shehu, said.
Shehu said some of the parents have searched the villages for the missing schoolgirls to no avail.
“Our fear is that the worst has happened. We hope this is not another Chibok,” Shehu, whose niece is one of the missing girls, said.
Inuwa Mohammed, whose daughter, Falmata, is also missing, said he, alongside other parents, have been searching for their missing girls.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to the Information Minister, President Buhari has approved the deployment of a Federal Government delegation, including the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd); the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and himself to Yobe in order to get first-hand information on the situation.
“Mr. President has directed military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, and inform him of developments,” he said.
Asked whether the Federal Government was in position of fresh information concerning the whereabouts of the missing girls, the minister said it was the reason why the President is in direct touch with the military and security agencies.
“That is precisely why Mr. President is in direct contact with military and police and as soon as we get any information we will let you know,” he added.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned in strong terms the attack on the Yobe school by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
Saraki, in statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the attack as one too many.
He urged the security agencies to get to the root of the matter, bring the perpetrators to book and ensure that all students of the school are properly accounted for.
Saraki called on security agencies to reinforce security around academic institutions in the country in order to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of such soft targets to disrupt academic activities.
He also urged the security agencies to be proactive in protecting lives and property in the country.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Inspector-General of Police to put all machinery in place to recover the alleged missing Dapchi school girls.
In a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party expressed worry over reports which claim that the students were declared missing after insurgents attacked the girls’ secondary school, Dapchi, Yobe state on Tuesday.
“Indeed, we are very disturbed by this ugly development, especially given the conflicting reports on the whereabouts of these innocent girls.
“Our party restates that the life, safety and wellbeing of all Nigerians remain of paramount importance to us and we, therefore, insist that all efforts must be exerted to find these students.
“The PDP is monitoring development on the position of the Nigeria Police investigation of the matter,” the party said.
The party urged the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government to live up to its basic responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country.
Mobile ecosystem rapidly evolved last 20 years – LG chief
President, LG Electronics, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Kevin Cha has said that LG Electronics’ strategy for smartphones is to continue expanding the Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, while constantly refining existing features to make them easier and more convenient to use.
He said the AI upgrades will not be limited to new LG models only but certain AI features will also be introduced to existing LG smartphones via overthe- air updates, after taking into consideration various hardware specifications and the stability of the LG smartphone models to ensure the user experience remains seamless, friendly and customised.
He noted that LG’s leadership signalled shift in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the announcement that LG’s future is in AI and not limited to hardware specs and processing speeds. “Our focus, moving forward, is on creating smarter smartphones and we are excited about the transformation this will bring about in user experiences and behaviour.
“In the last 20 years, the mobile ecosystem has rapidly evolved, and we are now in a world in which consumer behaviour shifts and tech infrastructure grows even more capable in a period of mere months.
“Businesses may find it tempting to be driven by the changes in the world, but we believe it’s more important to keep an eye on the big future picture, without getting caught up and swept away by gimmicks and trends.
After all, reactionary approach is neither sustainable nor innovative. “In every generation, a number of emerging technologies converge, and something revolutionary occurs.
Over the past decade, a maturing internet, increasing bandwidth, sleek and more immersive and intuitive products have gained traction and the trend now seems to be with one of the most gamechanging of all times –AI technology.
“This new era is creating an ideal platform for artificial intelligence (AI) to move into the mainstream, and it is this convergence of increasing computing power, big data and machine learning that is reshaping the world we live in and our relationships with technology and each other.
“Mobile AI revolution is beginning to open up new and exciting possibilities for applications.
This revolution promises to reshape things in the next few years.
It will also be a revolution very different from what we have known so far, because it is no longer just a question of increasing the processing power of smartphones, but of a real concept change that involves giving our phones the ability to learn and decide for themselves the best way to function,” he said.
According to updates from the World Economic Report, five billion people have access to a mobile device, and more than three billion of the world’s citizens can instantly connect with almost anyone around the world via the internet. In the next few years, 50 billion things – everything from light bulbs and refrigerators to roads and clothing – will be connected to the internet.
Anambra agog as Obiano is sworn in for second term
Anambra State capital was yesterday lit up in celebration as the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Oboano and his Deputy; Dr. Nkem Okeke was yesterday sworn in for a second term in office.
The Governor who had a landslide victory in the November, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State was sworn in by the state Chief Judge, Hon Justice Peter Umeadi at exactly 1pm amidst jubilation and chanting of songs by Anambra people after his deputy was sworn in at 12 45pm.
The venue of the event, Ekwueme Square was filled to the brim by politicians, the clergy, dance groups, Anambrarians and well wishers of the Obiano administration who thronged to the place to be part of the epoch occasion.
Addressing the mammoth crowd after his swearing-in, Obiano thanked the people for supporting his government through their hundred percent vote saying that the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would be proud of Anambra people for their overwhelming support of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
He thanked particularly his campaign Director, Senator Victor Umeh for working tirelessly to ensure he was returned as the governor of the state.
His words, “Ndi Anambra, our dear state is on a journey of self awakening and discovery. We are reaching for the stars with the moon beneath our feet and I am most grateful to you for choosing me and Nkem Okeke to lead you on this journey.
“I bow in humility to the leadership and members of our great party, APGA, for fighting a good and decent fight to ensure our victory at the polls. Umunnm, gabu nke anyi! I must say ‘thank you’ to the newest Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Chairman of my Re-election Campaign Organisation, Chief Sir Victor Umeh and his team for running what has been largely described as an outstanding campaign in Nigeria.
“I want to assure Anambra people that the democratic garden they watered with their votes on November 18, 2017 will bloom with flowers of progress. It will flourish to our joy and happiness and to the admiration of all Nigerians,” he said.
While going through memory lane, the governor recalled the promise he made when he was sworn in four years ago expressing happiness over the state of security in the state.
He noted that the cities and communities have been recovered from brutal armed robbers and kidnappers who once made Anambra State a dread to decent people and a taboo to investors.
“We have turned the table on our collective enemies and turned our adversities into advantages. We are Nigeria’s safest state today. We have elevated governance from building roads and bridges to building lives.
“We are the new agricultural model for Nigeria. Our cities and communities are aesthetic wonders with dazzling lights at night.”
Ohanaeze Delta Central, South reconcile, chart way forward
After over a decade of squabbles that rubbed it of its shine, the Delta Central and South Senatorial zones of Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is back on its feet.
Following the reconciliation, Chief Ezeh Nnajiofor Michael, an engineer, who contested the 2015 Ebonyi State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), will be formerly handed the mantle of leadership today in Warri, Delta State.
In a chat with journalists at his Warri residence, he said Ohaneze under his watch will seek peace at all times. “Crisis has never yielded good dividends because it hampers development, progress and unity. Hence it should not be encouraged under any guise. My emergence as new president of Ohaneze Ndigbo Delta Central and South Senatorial zones will consolidate peace, unity and love, for the progress of Ndigbo and our host communities.
He acknowledged that Ndigbo in the area had some issues a few years back, but on March 17, 2012, the Deacon Jerry Chibuzor Azikiwe-led administration proffered peace and ended the feud.
“Since then peace has been restored and has come to stay. And Ndigbo in our zone now speak with one voice. That was what gave birth to the handover that will be taking place to Ebonyi State as enshrined in a working document put together by that administration.
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