Nigerian military found no sign of Chibok girls in recaptured territories – Army Chief

Lt. General Kenneth Minmah

The Nigerian military has found no clues of more than 200 school girls abducted nearly a year ago by Boko Haram, despite retaking several territories from the insurgent group, Army Chief, Kenneth Minimah, has said.
Mr. Minimah said “mop up” operations in areas recaptured from Boko Haram have not yielded any signs as to whether the abducted Chibok girls were kept there before being moved.

“In all the liberated areas we have, we have also made enquiries but the truth is when the terrorists are running away they also run with their families,” he said. “And those we have come in contact have not made any comments suggesting that Chibok girls were there and taken away.

“But we are optimistic that as the war gets closer, the territory is becoming elusive to them (terrorists) and we will get further details on that,” Mr. Minimah said Tuesday after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and the head of Nigeria’s electoral commission.

The over 200 girls were kidnapped from their hostels at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14 2014.

Mr. Minimah also denied that Nigeria hired mercenaries to fight Boko Haram.
He said there are only military advisers and instructors meant to maintain the newly-acquired security equipment.

“Whenever you have new equipment, the equipment come with contract and the contract
include maintenance and the technicians that come with them are those that we hire,” he said.

On the forthcoming elections, the Army chief said only the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, can decide whether elections will go ahead in the recaptured territories in the North East.
But he warned that while the towns are free of terrorists, there is little presence of government and structure of governance there.

Mr. Minimah said at the meeting with the president, which lasted over five hours, the council passed a vote of confidence on the military following the successful anti-terrorism operations in the North East with only three local governments in Borno state remaining to be liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram.

“Council reviewed the North East operations particularly in the last three weeks and Council renewed its confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces and commended them too,” Mr. Minimah said.
“You know Yobe and Adamawa states have been liberated completely and we look forward to the reinstatement of structures of government and governance.

“I am also sure you know that in Borno state out of the 27 local government we have three local governments remaining, Abadam, Kalabaldi and Gwoza and we optimistic that with time we will liberate those local governments.

“I am not competent to speak on the elections. INEC is still there. INEC has to re-access the situation and evaluate because the areas have been liberated.

“But I can also tell you that not all structures of governance have been reinstated and they will need to be reinstated so that citizens can go back to their areas and it is then I think they can execute their rights as voters. How soon? I don’t know,” he said.

Asked if the military operations could be concluded before March 28, Mr. Minimah said, “It is our wish and we pray God gives that to us, but war is war. War sometimes is not fought on some platforms of permutations.”

The INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, who was part of the meeting and had briefed the council on the preparedness of the commission for the polls, did not comment on the outcome of the meeting.
He merely told journalists that the meeting “went well”.


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  • Ha

    What about several confirmations Jonathan has been giving that they knew where the girls were? What about the recent confirmation Jonathan gave less than two weeks ago that the girls were still alive? From what the army chief has said definitely they have no idea about their whereabouts. Please based on what information has Jonathan been releasing these assurances? Why hasn’t he still realised the implications of leader telling lies? Why he doesn’t give a damn on everything? Why should he be disgracing himself and the country? Quite recently, on assumption that Morrocans were like Nigerians whom he used to take for a ride, told an international lie which cost us alot of our dignity and pride. May the God of Moses change us this useless man.

    • djay

      You still believe that lair of a president. Gej talks like Asari Dokubo.

      • Dan Arewa

        Like Master like Servant. Like GEJ like MDA

  • HAMZA

    ASSHA DAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Northerner

    Shekau the boko haram leader, Shekau the friend of Modu Shariff, Modu Shariff a very good friend of GEJ, Shekau is right, the sold the girls!
    Why would GEJ care? Ans: he won’t coz he have no children!
    Why do we Nigerians care? Ans: coz if GEJ continue it might be one of our children, brothers or even us!

    God save Nigeria from GEJ wickedness!

    • Shehu Monguno

      Northerner, while Ali Modu Sheriff is GEJ, good friend, he is GMB’s in-Law. General Buhari’s daugter “Halima Buhari” is married to Modu Sheriff’s younger brother “Mohammed Babagana Sheriff”. Please let us stop the games

    • Dan Arewa

      Amen.

    • favour

      you Hausa has been killing yourselves from the begining, nothing concern us , you Apc Hausa Buhari should go and bring back those girls where you kept them if truly there is anything like dat because intimidation is not good at all.say JONA

    • bib

      Amen.

  • tundemash

    Na una wahala be that. Dumbo has promised the girls will be liberated so simply ask him where he and Modu Sheriff kept them.

    • Dan Arewa

      Good question.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    The Girls are in Maiduguri_Ask Shettima and APC!!!

    • Dan Arewa

      If Shettima is to be asked, the it should be ‘ASK SHETTIMA AND JONATHAN’ because he is the one protecting him.

  • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

    CHIBOK GIRLS IS NOTHING BUT APC FRAUD!HAUSA FULANI GIRLS DON’T WRITE PHYSICS EXAM FOR YOUR INFORMATION!

    • Gaskiya

      You are very callous. God will punish you. Remember in two weeks your clueless president will leave and we will then know the real truth about the Chibok Girls.

      • favour

        is your old candidate Buhari dat will leave not Jona because there is no vacancy in Aso rock Gj again.

      • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

        HOW WILL GOD PUNISH ME FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH.THE ARMY SAID THAT THEY FOUND NO TRACE OF THE SAID KIDNAPPED CHIBOK GIRLS.SO WHAT IS WRONG WITH WHAT I SAID?OF COURSE THE WHOLE CHIBOK GIRLS THING IS A GRAND FRAUD COOKED BY APC AS SIMPLE AS THAT.FOR YOUR INFORMATION;I AM NOT A NIGERIA BUT A BIAFRAN.SO TO HELL WITH YOUR ZOOLOGICAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA WHERE NOTHING WORKS.APART FROM KILLING OF POOR PEOPLE BY BOKO HARAM AND LOOTING OF PUBLIC FUNDS BY THE CRIMINALPOLITICIANS.THE ZOO CAN GO TO HELL IS ALL I CARE!

  • kwazulu

    Minimah, I don’t think your statement gives me the confidence to believe that you know what you are doing. What business do you have calling on God? Will he come down and fight for the Nigerian army? Remember, there are other wars going on in other places…will God also fight those ones? Please put your acts together and tackle terrorism and for Pete’s sake, stop calling on God to do your work for you.

    • Mohammed Jassim

      You are a big fool,i dont blame you,you have never been in the line of fire.

      • Concerned_9ja

        Don’t mind Kwazulu….if he has ever been in the line of fire, he wouldn’t be spewing rubbish here.

    • Concerned_9ja

      I also wonder if you know the motto of the Nigerian Military…..go and find out before showing your stack ignorance on matters you have no idea on.

  • richkid

    Chibok girls is a scam. There are no missing girls. Apc are the master mind of the scam. Let them bring a list of the missing girls and there photos with there parents, they couldn’t do that. The last time they met one the girls they said was missing and she said she escaped about 4 with the same story now. GEJ has won the war

    • Gaskiya

      You are very callous. God will punish you.

      • richkid

        Remain in bondage all your life. Go and be shouting sai buhari for 40 years now no future for you.

    • Akanji92

      GEJ even acknowledged the missing girls’ saga, while you are here lampooning the idea as take. Your e-rat activities becloud your sense of judgement and empathy for the innocent girls.

      • anneedu

        Those nigerian army fighting against terrorism in nigeria are they not your mates, why don’t you enter sambisa in search of those chibok girls, otodo

      • favour

        was it Gej dat kidnap those girls, why are Apc puting blame on him saying bring back our girls . let Apc go and bring back those girls where they hide them because Jona has already won the battle by his grace woe to all Apc members. and i will like to sing a song to all Apc, listing, we are in battle , we are in battle in this world, we are in battle , we are in battle in this world , we are in battle we are in battle in this world Apc may try but victory must be ours (PDP) power to the people.

      • richkid

        Gej doesn’t control me young man! That you sold even your brain to buhari doesn’t mean I did to GEJ. I have my fact!

    • ogechi

      Like Dumbo like Son

    • Ayokunle Salewa Akande

      THANKS OOOO BRODA

    • peaceometer

      Hah

  • Gregg Richard

    The Nigerian Army should look into the case of some Nigerian Army personnel that was dismiss with the offends of awol