by Akan Ido
The Borno State government has given its account of what transpired on the night of April 14, 2014 when members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect attacked the school abducting over 230 girls from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok.
While speaking on the breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, the Secretary to the State Government, Amb. Baba Jidda absolved the state government of any blame stating that it was the responsibility of the Federal Government to protect the girls.
Jidda threw light into what transpired on the night of the attack saying, “The girls were lured into the trucks by men who pretended to members of the Nigerian security force. They students were given the impression that Boko Haram were coming to attack the school and they will be given protection,” he said.
He confirmed that the schoolgirls were “fairly on their own” when the attack took place except for the presence of two security men.
When questioned about the timing of the school being set ablaze, Ambassador Jidda said the schools were burnt immediately the girls were loaded into Boko Haram trucks and conveyed to Sambisa forest located in the outskirts of Borno.
He maintained that the Governor Kashim Shettima administration have been put under pressure by the Federal Government, the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Ahmed Mu’azu, hence the need to respond.
He faulted Mu’azu’s statement that the state government gave assurances of the students’ security during the WAEC examination calling the PDP henchman a “pathological liar”.
It has been 43 days since the schoolgirls were abducted from their dormitories while preparing for their final examinations.