Nigerian Airforce Intensifies Surveillance Flights in Search of Missing Girls
As global outcry continues unabated over the abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok, Borno State, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has continued its intense surveillance of the entire North East region of the country.
Defence Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade who revealed this at the daily media briefing by the National Information Centre, Abuja said already, discussions and collaborations are on-going between Nigeria and the countries offering assistance in the search for the missing girls.
Dismissing insinuations that Nigerian troops were not engaged in search for the girls, the Centre displayed photographs showing members of the armed forces in various locations in the region.
Earlier, Coordinator of the Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri who is Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) had disclosed that there were active land and air patrols by troops within the North East region and that Nigeria and her partners were in constant touch with each other on the issue.
Omeri expressed official suspicion that the threat letter allegedly sent to a secondary school in Makurdi about Boko Haram terrorists was a handiwork of mischief makers and probably not from the sect.
“But we will not take things for granted and so, security measures have been taken around the school to ensure maximum protection. It could also be the handiwork of copy cat criminals. Security forces are not taking chances. A copy of the handwritten letter is being carefully studied for further action”, Frank Mba, spokesperson for the Nigeria Police clarified.
Mba also gave further insight into the suicide car bombing that happened on Middle Road, off Gold Coast Street, Sabon Gari, Kano at 9.30 pm on Sunday.
He said that five persons died in the incident including the suspected bomber while seven other persons were injured out of which four have been treated and discharged from the hospital.
There was however, good news as acting on intelligence, Mba stated that members of the Nigeria Police Force in Kano earlier today (Monday) confiscated a Mitsubishi station wagon laden with explosive materials at Tafawa Balewa Street, Nassarawa, Kano State.
The vehicle was then treated by men of the Anti-bomb Squad of the Nigeria Police who were able to neutralise it while further investigations were going on.
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