2 May, 2014
FOUR different battalions, a little more than a brigade of the Nigerian Army, have been moved to and are currently taking positions in and around all the access routes into and outside Sambisa forest in Borno State, where the recently abducted schoolgirls have been confirmed to be holed up with their captors.
Also, fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force, as well as police surveillance helicopters had been mobilised and were waiting for the command to begin the joint security operations for rescue efforts of the girls.
Owing to the nature of the operation which will result in soldiers and security agencies encountering booby traps, landmines, ambush and other unknown traps from the side of the terrorists, it was gathered that Air Force fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships and police surveillance helicopters would carry out round the clock missions, to ensure its success.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that since the forest shares borders with towns in Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Cameroon, the different battalions would each launch their offensive from these locations.
It was gathered that because of the high calibre nature of the arms and explosives in the hands of the terrorists, including rocket propelled grenades and technical equipment that could shoot down aircraft, the Federal Government had made available to the security forces night vision equipment, in case the terrorists decide to move the girls by night.
Speaking on insinuations making the rounds that most of the girls might have been moved to Chad, Cameroon or abroad by the terrorists, a security source said “all I can tell you is that since the incident happened, the borders close to Sambisa have been fortified and a lot of cordon and search operations have been ongoing.”