No clarity of missing Nigerian schoolgirls

The military says eight girls are still missing, but the governor says over 100 are still unaccounted for.

There’s still no clarity about the teenage schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - There is still no clarity as to the whereabouts of teenage schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram in north eastern Nigeria.

The military says all but eight of the more than 120 girls are accounted for.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, where the kidnapping took place on Monday, says only 14 of the pupils escaped.

He says none of the schoogirls, aged between 14 and 18, were rescued.

Some escaped after being piled into open trucks.

Shettima is offering a cash reward for anyone who rescues what he says are more than 100 girls held captive.

His assertion directly contradicts national armed forces spokesperson Major General Chris Olukolade's claim that only eight of the learners are still missing after a military rescue operation.

There was no immediate explanation for the contradictory statements.