ABUJA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's military have acquired the location of the schoolgirls abducted in April, but could not rescue them by force for fear of civilian casualty, local media reported on Monday, citing Defence Chief Alex Badeh.
"The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are," Badeh told the News Agency of Nigeria, adding the army could not go for rescue because "we cannot kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."
According to Local newspapers Daily Sun and This Day, Badeh disclosed the information while speaking to the protesters in Abuja.
"Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing," he said, but refused to reveal the location of the girls, which he called a "military secret."
Calling on all Nigerian citizens to fight insurgents and kidnappers, Badeh said "this war should not be fought by the military alone, but by all Nigerians, Nigeria is at war and everybody must put hands on deck."
On April 14, over 200 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in eastern Nigeria by military insurgents, which has drawn worldwide attention.
The Boko Harum sect later claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they will only release the girls on condition that the government releases its members in prison.
While the Nigerian government and the society are trying to get the girls freed, the Boko Haram sect has continued deadly attacks.
At least 76 persons were killed a week ago in two bomb blasts in the central area of Jos, the Plateau State capital. Another bomb blasted Saturday night close to a football viewing center, killing three people.
UNITED NATIONS, May 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon's High-Level Representative Said Djinnit on Wednesday discussed the abducted schoolgirls and the world body's role in helping their release with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
Djinnit, who has been tasked by Ban to go to Nigeria to discuss the issues, also met with several other Nigerian officials. During these meetings, he explained that the UN is preparing to support the affected families and the girls after their release, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the Secretary-General, at a regular briefing at the UN headquarters in New York. Full story
BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The Nigerian military has joined the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast. According to witnesses, the Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking that they were soldiers who had come to evacuate them before abducting them in their latest anti-government raid. The suspected Boko Haram gunmen swooped on Chibok town in Borno state and on its nearby all-girls government secondary school late on Monday, calling on the students to leave their beds in the hostel.
It’s been 48 hours now after the girls were abducted from their schools and there is no word yet on their whereabouts. Full story