As the Federal Government intensifies efforts to locate and rescue the more than 200 school girls abducted three weeks ago in Borno State, Boko Haram terrorists struck again, Monday night, abducting 11 teenage girls between the ages of 12 and 15 in Warabe village of Gwoza Local government area of the state.
The gunmen also carted away foodstuffs and livestock belonging to the villagers before fleeing into the bush.
Gwoza is about 160 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.
A resident of Warabe village, Mallam Bello Umar, in a telephone call, confirmed the incident, pointing out that he was in the village when the terrorists struck before he ran to Gwoza.
Umar said: “A group of terrorists invaded Warabe village on Monday night, abducted 11 of our teenage girls before carting away our foodstuffs and livestock. As I am talking to you now, I have escaped to Gwoza council headquarters, and even in Gwoza, we are restricted to the council secretariat due to the fear of the terrorists. The situation is so pathetic as almost all Gwoza people including villagers who came for safety are only restricted to a safer zone close to the council secretariat where there is enough presence of security personnel”, Bello stressed.
He explained that the gunmen numbering over 20 armed with AK-47 rifles did not kill anybody, but scared everybody and the parents by abducting the teenage girls in the presence of their parents, before fleeing towards the hilly border areas between Gwoza and Cameroon Republic.
Meanwhile, protests across the country continued yesterday to put pressure on the government to step up its rescue efforts of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Protests were held in Abuja, and Ebonyi even as President Goodluck Jonathan said that the Presidential Committee on the Rescue of the Abducted School girls was neither an administrative nor a judicial panel, and was not a replacement of the search and rescue effort by the security services.
The president has also accepted a definite offer of help from the United States of America in the ongoing effort to locate and rescue the abducted girls.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on its part described the intervention of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan in the abduction of the schoolgirls as distracting.
US to deploy personnel, assets in rescue effort
The offer of help from US President, Barack Obama, was conveyed to President Jonathan by the United States Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry in a telephone conversation which began at 3.30 pm yesterday.
Giving details of the assistance to be provided by the United States, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in a statement said they include the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation.