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BBOG Group Joins FG’s Search Sorties for Missing Chibok Girls

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The Ministers of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday participated in a search sorties for missing Chibok girls in Sambisa.

Another member of BBOG, Hajia Aisha Yusuf, some Air Force Commanding Officers in the North East operation and selected reporters from local and foreign media participated in the exercise,

The team, who were carried in two Beechcraft 350 surveillance aircraft, departed the Yola Air Force Base at about 2.30PM.

A NAN correspondent, who was among the team, reports that the aircraft flying at about 15,000 feet altitude entered the Sambisa general area, 35 minutes after departure.

The search sorties in the forest, which lasted for over an hour, took the team to Camp Zairo,  hitherto the  stronghold of Boko Haram, captured by the home troops on December 22, as well as other key spots in the forest.

Sambisa forest is said to cover 60,000 square kilometres which is about 18 times the size of Lagos and 85 per cent of Borno State land surface.

With the aid of sophisticated inbuilt surveillance camera in the aircraft, the team were shown the video images of burnt vehicles and camps of the Boko Haram insurgents particularly Camp Zairo.

The burnt areas according to the Commanding Officers were consequent of attacks carried out by air strike and ground troops of the military.

The images of the tracks of the insurgents as well as the locations of the ground troops of the military who have occupied the forest were also shown to the team.

One of the surveillance aircraft discovered skeletal movement of some sort in the forest.

The aircraft, thereafter, proceeded to Airforce Base Maiduguri, the headquarters of 105 Composite group for surveillance report and refuelling.

Upon arrival at Maiduguri Airforce Base at about 4.30PM. and after the surveillance briefing on the skeletal movement, an Alpha fighter jet flown by only a pilot unaccompanied was deployed into the forest.

The team later left Maiduguri for Yola.

They also joined a midnight search sortie (at about 1.47AM) that lasted till daybreak on Tuesday.

7 Comments

  1. Max

    January 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Commendable !

  2. Babe

    January 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    WOW! This is the definition of selflessness! God please bring back our girls

  3. Cutieylicious

    January 17, 2017 at 9:26 am

    First and foremost I think its unfair for the BBOG group to be this overbearing, considering the efforts the military has made. In the last 2years we have seen wives become widows, children become fatherless, in a country like ours that we know their lives just changed for the worse. Amidst all these sad tales, they have rescued some girls, n the BBOG group is yet to OVERLY APPRECIATE their efforts like the way they are putting pressure on FG. I feel they should be more understanding as they are mostly women. God bless Nigeria

    • Abk

      January 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      @Cutieylicious
      If you had a friend, daughter or sister among the kidnapped girls that you hadn’t seen since April 2014, uncertain whether they’re dead or alive; I’m sure you definitely wouldn’t think the BBOG group members are being unappreciative or that they’re putting too much pressure.

    • Abk

      January 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      NG,
      You remember the promise? What year and month was the promise made, and what year and month are we presently in? Exactly, I thought so. You might not have amnesia but you certainly are inconsiderate. It’s better not to say anything, than say something irrational.

  4. NG

    January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    What is this going to achieve? I dont have amnesia so i remember the promise on getting the girls back made during election. I also remember the claim that the whereabout of the girls was well known so what is this photo shoot all about?

    • Abk

      January 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      NG,
      You remember the promise? What year and month was the promise made, and what year and month are we presently in? Exactly, I thought so. You might not have amnesia but you certainly are inconsiderate. It’s better not to say anything, than say something irrational.

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