Contrary to a recent assertion by the United State government that its security operatives were yet to locate the whereabouts of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the Nigerian military authorities have stated that they know where the girls are.
Defence spokesperson, Major General Chris Olukolade, while speaking during the regular briefing at the National Information Centre, at the headquarters of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja said, “Let everyone believe what the Chief of Defence Staff said and if you don’t believe, wait for developments but our interest is in the safety of these children and every effort will be put towards that and we expect cooperation from everyone”.
He added that once further comments or developments are available, the military authority would inform the entire country.
On the recent attacks on Buni Yadi in Yobe State, the military boss confirmed that 12 soldiers and 13 policemen were killed during the gun duel, but insisted that troops in the area were never abandoned.
“The logistics will have to be understood and it will not be proper just to conclude that there were no help or response”, he said.
“However, we will continue to respond based on logistics that is available and information that is made available as quickly as possible”, he added.
Speaking on the recent reports that the Boko Haram sect has hoisted their flags in some communities in Borno State, Olukolade said the Nigerian military would continue to defend the territorial integrity of the country, saying that the report was untrue.
“Nigerian armed forces will not allow any portion of this country to bear any strange flag. It is our duty and responsibility to defend the territorial integrity of this country. We will not allow any strange flag to fly anywhere”, he promised.