The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has no intelligence on whether the Chibok girls are in Sambisa Forest or not, PUNCH reports.
Abubakar made this known in an interactive session with journalists in Abuja.
“Honestly we don’t. That is the truth of the matter. Even if you see women that are dressed in hijab, how are you sure they are women; that they are not men? It is only when you get there and they remove the hijab that you now realise that they are men and they have their rifles.
There is no credible intelligence that will specifically tell you that these girls are here.
There is no day that the sun rises and sets that we do not go out hoping to see these girls. From January this year to August 17, we flew 2,600 hours. About 50% of that was Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance.
We are hoping that through the intelligence, we will be able to capture the movement of those girls; we will be able to locate what we consider legitimate targets,” he said.
He described Boko Haram’s latest video as cheap propaganda, saying, “These guys are just trying to whip up sentiment because they know that every Nigerian is concerned about the girls”.
He added that what was shown in the video could not have been the aftermath of an airstrike.
Meanwhile, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Advocacy Group has said that they will march to the Presidential Villa on Monday to compel the Federal Governmentto take action in the rescue of the missing Chibok Girls.