Nigerian Special Forces commandos undertake confidence-building foot patrols in the far northeast district of Baga
PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
6 May, 2014
The Nigerian military has deployed two battalions of troops and 1,000 special forces soldiers to northern Borno State to search for and rescue the over 200 girls who were abducted from their school in Chibok three weeks ago.
The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, disclosed the efforts in a television interview monitored by PANA here Tuesday.
He said the military had flown 250 sorties over the Sambisa Forest, the stronghold of the violent sect Boko Haram which has claimed responsibility for the abduction, in search of the girls using special scanning facilities. ”Definitely the government and the security agencies are in hot pursuit of the terrorists,” Dr. Okupe said.
He denied allegations that the federal government did not show enough concern about the abduction, because the President did not make a public comment on the tragedy for over two weeks. ”The President and the government are not taking this as the rest of the world thinks…..But we are not Americans. We are not showing off,” the Special Adviser said, adding that the President has just presided over a three-hour emergency national security meeting in the capital city of Abuja.
He also confirmed that President Jonathan has been informed on the fresh abduction of eight girls also in Borno, saying certain actions have been ordered in that regard. PANA reports that the US has offered to assist Nigeria to rescue the girls, an offer the Nigerian President has accepted.