The Federal Government, on Wednesday, disclosed that intelligence gathered indicated that the present military operation was focused on the area where the abducted Chibok school-girls were believed to be held by the Boko Haram terrorists.
National Co-ordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, who made the revelation, while updating journalists on the search for the missing Chibok school-girls, in Abuja, said the military was moving into the Sambisa forest after taking Alagarno, Gwoza, Bama, Malam Fatori, Abadam, among other towns hitherto under the control of the militants.
Omeri assured that the Federal Government remained resolute in finding and returning the 219 girls to their homes where they rightly belong, saying: “Consequently, we will continue to exert all efforts in ensuring their safe return.”
He noted that the fortification of the border routes by other members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had also played a key role in the success achieved by the military.
Omeri recalled that: “On April 14, 2014, the nation woke up to the tragic incident of the first Nyanya bombing and the abduction of over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
“Yesterday marked one year of the horrific occurrences, which were a tragedy and an experience that every Nigerian painfully shares – alongside the immediate families of the victims, the people of Chibok and the international community.”
He observed that in recent months, Nigeria’s security agencies had made significant gains in their counter-insurgency efforts, with the arrest and prosecution of the suspects of the Nyanya bombings, as well as the liberation of forty communities from the control of Boko Haram.
He reiterated that the government was committed to returning and resettling people from the affected communities as soon as possible, adding that it was also in the process of revamping the economies of those local communities, while guaranteeing safety and security.
“Presently, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the six north-eastern states and those displaced in neighbouring countries are being provided for by the government through the National Emergency
Management Authorities (NEMA) and other agencies,” he added.
Omeri thanked the Nigerian soldiers for their bravery and dedication in curbing the activities of the terrorist group, while commending other security personnel and all well-meaning Nigerians whose efforts and sacrifice had put Boko Haram on the run.