U.S. surveillance plane spots abducted Chibok girls

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The USA Today slams President Goodluck Jonathan in a new editorial.

A United States surveillance plane has spotted what appears to be a group of girls abducted from Chibok by Boko Haram in April.

The girls were spotted in July, raising the hope that their rescue is still possible, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, quoting U.S. officials.

The girls were abducted from their dormitory in Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State in the North-eastern part of Nigeria.

Amid international outrage, the United States, Britain, France and Canada offered intelligence support and sent specialists to Nigeria.

The effort has yielded little, while global attention has gradually receded.

Over 50 of the girls have however escaped leaving more than 200 still in captivity.

United States officials said the aerial surveillance also showed that most of the girls are still held captive by the group and have not been married off or used as sex slaves as feared and threatened by the group.

The surveillance flights over northeastern Nigeria spotted a group of 60 to 70 girls held in an open field early July, two U.S. defense officials were quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

A set of roughly 40 girls were later seen in a different field.

The paper cited reports that referred to intermediaries who reached out to Boko Haram, as saying that the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, ordered his fighters to treat the girls as valued hostages and not sex slaves.

“He gave a directive that anybody found touching any of the girls should be killed immediately,” the report said.
The news came as another U.S. paper, USA Today, launched fresh attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan over his handling of the crisis.

In an editorial Tuesday, the newspaper accused Mr. Jonathan of showing no sufficient commitment to rescuing the girls.
“Jonathan, in Washington this week for a U.S.-Africa summit, says his government is making every effort to find the girls. But he offers no evidence, is dismissive of the foreign help and argues that divulging any details could compromise the mission,” the paper said.

The newspaper said the Nigerian government was not matching its words with actions in their rescue efforts.


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  • Wähala

    Well, now he knows where the caged girls are singing from…
    Meanwhile, another town Gworza, fell to the insurgents today…
    @Deri Orbuka, fake redeemer, Come here let me remind you of the exact day I first called him: “Dumbo-Dumbo”…Olosi

    • Eze Nonso

      If you believe a story that has no link to the originator then you will believe any thing

  • Eze Nonso

    fake story no link to USA today………………fake people …..share the link since the message is not from you originally

  • This situation have been thoroughly mismanaged by the Nigerian leadership.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Mr. Chindo, please take a deep breath and think again. Those Boko Haram fighters are fellow Nigerians fighting for self-determination. It is wrong for us,at this stage, continue to perceive them as insurgents or their struggle terrorism. A referendum is an imperative to determine if those fellows of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa would prefer to move on. That way everybody is happy. We should not repeat the same mistake as in Biafra when we caused the death of death of 3 million Igbo people for unity that still eludes us.
    The same Gowon that presided over the Igbo genocide is here again prescribing his genocidal recipe. We know how it is with butchers. According to Shakespeare “the more in blood…the more bloody”. But he reminds butchers that “…blood will have blood”. So, we do not need Gowon’s formula, and don’t need to kill 3 million innocent awusas for another ephemeral “unity and territorial integrity”. The use of force to suppress the aspiration of a people has never worked; it will not work this time.

  • Sword of Damocles

    one year as a despot to GEJ or face impeachment? this is the best you can do? Do you think what he ordered the IGP do at the NASS on Thursday constitutes High Crimes and Misdemeanors? Did the appearance of Secret Police at the NASS to intimidate the Legislature branch besmirch the Honor of Nigeria. You dis man…..