The government of Yobe state has apologised for misinforming the public that the Nigerian military had rescued some of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
There was report that 111 schoolgirls went missing following an attack on Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, by the terror group on Monday.
The government had informed on Wednesday that 48 of the missing 94 students had returned.
But it described the information as “unreliable,” and apologised for it.
“We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible. The Yobe State Government apologises for that,” the state government said in a statement.
“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam was in Dapchi today (Thursday, February 22, 2018), where he met with community leaders and the principal and staff of the Girls’ College.
“The governor also addressed the parents of some of the schoolgirls that are still unaccounted for, where he told them to pray and exercise patience as the government and security agencies at all levels continue the work to address the unfortunate situation.
“His Excellency Governor Gaidam has also directed Education Ministry officials and the school administration to work closely with the security agencies to establish the actual number of the girls that are still unaccounted for and to contact parents and the community for possible information that could be useful in the investigation.
“His Excellency Governor Gaidam shares deeply and personally in the grief about the unfortunate event at the Girls’ College and, under his leadership, the Yobe State Government will continue to do everything necessary in partnership with security agencies and the federal government to address the situation.”