- As NAF denies knowing their location
Six hundred and seventy-two (672) days after their abduction from the Government Girls School, Chibok, Borno State, the whereabouts of the young school girls, numbering over 200 is still shrouded in mystery, as the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed its frustration in locating the ill-fated lads.
President Buhari and his Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had at different fora expressed the hope that the abducted girls would be traced and recovered from the insurgents to reunite with their parents.
The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, yesterday however re-enforced the anxiety and frustration of the parents in getting to see their loved ones again when it declared that it cannot ascertain the exact location of the Chibok school girls that were abducted in their hostels on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists.
According to NAF Director of Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, while reacting to a recent interview he granted the Channels Television where he was quoted as saying that NAF has identified the possible locations of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Captain Famuyiwa mentioned NAF’s ability to identify possible location that the girls might be located.
He stated that there was no time that he said that they have identified the specific location of the Chibok girls.
The NAF spokesman said that the Nigerian Air Force is working round the clock with surveillance aircraft covering the over 157,000 km2 area of the North East in order to identify the position of not only the Chibok girls but other Nigerians that might have been held captives.
In his words: “Towards the realization of this goal, the NAF has from January 2016 till date, using aircraft, ISR platforms such as ATR-42, B-350 and CH-3 UAV, flown surveillance missions totalling over 346 hours consuming about 85,887 litres of Jet A-1 and 3,830 litres of Mogas costing N15,337,862:50 and $19,150:00 respectively.
“Therefore, whilst the specific position of the Chibok girls is not yet ascertained by the NAF, we have not folded our arms on the surveillance flights and will continue to use these flights to degrade the capacity of the terrorists and as soon as possible locate the position of the Chibok girls and other Nigerians that are under captivity,” he concluded.