By Abang Mercy
The Nigerian Military has said daily updates on the search of the abducted Borno School girls, will be handled by the Borno State Government in whose facility the incident occurred.
In a statement issued Thursday, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, the defence information director noted that the Defence Headquarters has directed that henceforth, progress reports on the search will be issued by the state government and not the Military.
“The security forces on ground in the state have been directed to coordinate with the State Government and provide them with necessary information on the search for the girls.” Olukolade
The statement reads, ” Nigerian Armed Forces understands and appreciates the concerns being shown by all citizens in and out of the country on the unfortunate incident of abduction of some female students from Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State. ”
“Alongside the search for the girls, the military is currently committed to various security operations in most parts of Northern Nigeria where troops are deployed in forests and mountains combating terrorists and armed gangs of various descriptions” said the defence information director who also added that “the military reaffirms its unflinching resolve to continue to discharge its responsibility in defending the territorial integrity and the people of Nigeria in the most professional manner ”
The defence headquarters however noted that a lot of information has been received in the efforts at securing the freedom of the girls and the Armed Forces assures all Nigerians that it will continue to appraise every information received during this operation accordingly.
Unfortunately however, it says most of the information, some of which have been mischievously publicized for sensational reasons, have always turned out to be spurious and of no operational use.
“Disturbingly, some of them have been mischievously sensationalized and publicized with a view to heightening tension and inflicting more pain on the nation as envisaged by the terrorists. Nevertheless, the forces will remain disposed to receiving, analyzing and applying all relevant information on this issue. While it will not relent in its efforts in this search, the Armed Forces is mindful of the fact that some of the information with which it has been inundated are actually a ploy to distract it from its goal of dealing with terrorism and other violent crimes aimed at crippling the nation.”
It stated that the military efforts at recovering the girls is continuing, the Government of Borno State whose Commissioner for Education has been giving a regular update on the incident at initial stage is enjoined to continue in order to satisfy the necessity for information flow.
“This is in line with best practices in other climes more so as all agencies of every tier of Government are expected to continue functioning in the state” the Military maintained.
“Accordingly, security agencies on ground in Borno State will continue to interact and support the State Government officials in their efforts to inform the public on the Chibok incident and progress in the search without any prejudice. The Nigerian Military has always subscribed to the importance of information flow to the public and will continue to sustain this policy in all its internal security operations” the statement concluded.