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FG restates resolve to rescue missing Chibok girls


The abducted Chibok girls

The abducted Chibok girls

THE Federal Government yesterday stated that it remains resolute to find and rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, saying it will continue to exert all efforts in ensuring their safe return.

Government also said Abubakar Tsiga, the alleged mastermind of the Nyanya bombing is still a wanted man. The incident occurred one year ago where many Nigerians lost their lives with several others injured.

Coordinator of the National Information Centre and Director General of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri, said this during a media briefing on the condition of the girls and what government is doing to rescue them.

“Presently, the military is moving into the Sambisa forest after taking Alagarno, Gwoza, Bama, Malam Fatori, Abadam, among others. Our intelligence report indicates that the present military operation is focused in the area where the girls are believed to be held.

“It is noteworthy to inform that yesterday (Tuesday), the anniversary of the abduction was marked. During the occasion, we had the privilege of meeting some parents of the abducted girls.

It was a fruitful and constructive meeting. “In addition, we recognize that the public has the right and the need to know what the government is doing on how to defeat Boko Haram and find the girls, and that is the reason this Centre has consistently been open and accessible to the media.

We take this obligation seriously and will continue to be forthcoming with information to the public and the press. Our people deserve no less,” Omeri said.

He also said that the government is committed to returning and resettling people from the affected communities as soon as possible and also in the process of revamping the economies of these areas, while guaranteeing safety and security.

Presently, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the six North Eastern states and those displaced in neighbouring countries are being provided for by the government through the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and other agencies.

While speaking, representative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, said Tsiga remained a wanted man, but blamed the media for being silent on the issue. “Our media have to continue to focus on the man to remind people that he is still wanted, but the other suspect’s case is still in court,” Ogar stated.

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