We haven’t located Chibok girls –Nigeria Air Force

FILE PHOTO: Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls are still in trauma
FILE PHOTO: Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls are still in trauma

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Saturday said it was yet to locate the missing girls taken away by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 from a school in Chibok, Borno State.

The clarification came on the heels of media reports suggesting that the NAF had found the location where the kidnapped girls were being held in Sambisa forest.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Ayodele Famuyiwa, the Nigerian Air Force categorically denied the claim that it spotted the girls.

“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a statement to the effect that the NAF has located the position of the Chibok girls,’ Mr. Famuyiwa said.

“Please let it be known that this statement is a misrepresentation of the interview that the NAF Director of Public Relations gave the Channels Television that was aired on Friday 12 February 2016.

“The NAF is hereby making it categorically clear that in the said interview the Director made mention of the NAF’s ability to identify POSSIBLE LOCATION that the girls might be in.

“Hence, the NAF wishes to categorically state that it has at no time identified the specific location of the Chibok girls. However, it 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.

“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 totaling 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.”

While the specific position of the missing girls is yet to be ascertained, the NAF spokesperson said the force would continue with surveillance flights around the area.

The aim of such flight, according to him, is to degrade the capacity of the terrorists and to locate the position of the missing girls and other Nigerians under any form of captivity.

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  • Sara Marie Brown

    I don’t think these girls are anywhere inside of Nigeria. Thanks to Jonathans cold uncaring Boko Haram was allowed all the time and freedom they needed to move these girls even several countries away

  • JayGeeX

    I don’t think any girls were kidnapped. Thanks to the gullibility of Nigerians, we have created a red herring and it’s not going away. Anyone that is saying they are ‘married off’ or ‘have been moved to other countries’ is trying to set up the story to explain why they have not been found (or will never be found)..

    THE STORY STILL DOES NOT ADD UP TO DATE… Except maybe to a gullible mob that Nigerians are proving to be…

    • ravenfin

      We chose to believe they were kidnapped… what is your own.. we are all entitled to our own opinions and beliefs, calling us gullible makes no sense whatsoever

      • JayGeeX

        Some people also CHOOSE to believe the earth is flat… While THEY are also entitled to their opinions, it does not absolve them of the monumental stupidity and ignorance that accompanies such positions…

        What is my own? The matter was and is still being used to distract people from ‘rational’ thinking and its affecting a polity of which I am a part.

        I hope you caught some sense in that…

  • donMe$$i

    Hahahahahaa!!!
    LIES AND PROPAGANDA TRENDING IN NIJERIYA SINCE 29th MAY 2015.

    BELIEVE THESE LIARS AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

  • Abdul

    I listened to the interview yesterday and i wonder why a military officer will be revealing operational strategy on air like that. It is a shame that our security agency dont know how to keep secret again.

  • Ebaah Odibo

    Lai Mohammed knows the whereabouts of the Chibok girls. He will inform the Nation soon in one of his Lai-ying press statements.