Missing Dapchi girls: Student reveals touching story of how she escaped

15-year-old Amina Mallam Usman, who narrowly escaped being abducted when Boko Haram members stormed her school, Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State, in an interview with The Nation, disclosed how she was missed.

According to her, when Boko Haram insurgents came to her school, they thought the men were soldiers, however on close contact they realized they were men from the underworld.

    “When Boko Haram came to our school, we thought they were soldiers because they dressed like soldiers. We ran, and then one of them called us. One of them asked me to come to the car. .
    I got close to the car, and then one of them started laughing at me. I moved closer to them, thinking they were soldiers.
“I soon realized that they were not soldiers. As I made to run away, one of them tried to grab me. I dodged him but he got my hijab. .
    I quickly removed my hijab and left him with it and ran away. I thought I was dead. They entered our hostel again, but some of us ran into the bush. I ran up to five kilometres and hid in one Fulani settlement called Miligia.”

Asked how many students she saw in the invaders’ vehicles, Amina said:

“There were many students in the vehicles.. They were up to 50 that were in the vehicles.”
She said she felt like the angels should take her soul the moment she realized the men were Boko Haram terrorists. She is not psychologically prepared to return to the Dapchi school.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was sorry that the attack which led to the abduction of pupils from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, happened. He described the incident as “national disaster.”

The President said he shared the pains of the parents whose children and wards were abducted and would spare no efforts in ensuring that the pupils were rescued.

He said the Federal Government would be sending more troops and surveillance aircraft for a 24-hour surveillance of the area.

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