Our lives in Captivity – Freed Dapchi girls


Two of the freed 104 pupils of Government Girls Technical Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have given details of their 33 days in captivity.

In her narrative, one Fasima (surname undisclosed) said, “We were not starved one day, the insurgents allowed us to cook any food of our choice. Unfortunately, five of us could not make it as they were confirmed dead on arrival at their hideouts due to suffocation in the vehicle that conveyed their batch.”

Fasima explained that two of her colleagues, Aisha and Maimuna, were among the deceased.

Another of the freed girls, Khadija Grema, gave further detail about their late colleagues including the name of the girl who is still in the kidnappers’ den.

Grema told Punch, “The five girls who died were buried in the bush. Two of them are from Jumbam.

“One girl, Leah, is still with them because she is a Christian. About five are dead but it was not as if they killed them – it was because of the stress.”

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