Unidentified persons suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents on Monday night kidnapped at least 100 girls at Senior Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, following a violent attack in the town.
Eyewitness accounts said the girls, who were in the school preparing for their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), were whisked away at about 3 a.m.
The source, a resident, said the attackers, numbering about 50, stormed the town in Toyota Hilux vehicles before unleashing terror on the residents.
The eyewitness said: “They arrived at about 10 p.m. in a convoy of about seven Hilux vehicles and set fire on residential and public buildings.
“Some of them engaged in mass looting of food items, while others harassed residents at will. They suddenly headed for the Senior Secondary School, Chibok, a WAEC examination centre.
“Some of the teachers and students took to their heels on sighting them, but they eventually abducted those who remained in the hostel.
“They packed food items and the students into an abandoned lorry before heading into the Sambisa Forest.”
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, confirmed the attack. He, however, said he was yet to get details of the attack.