by Zara Mustapha
Reports say two Nigerian Army divisions have been deployed to the search of kidnapped Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) students who were abducted by men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
Reports say hundreds of female students are still being held by the militants with about 53 of them escaping from their captives after they were taken from their school dormitories on April 14.
The search has been intensified within Borno with other military and security agency units along Nigeria’s international borders maintaining links with the search teams.
Reports say facilities of the Nigerian Army Signals Corps along with all the electronic communication outfits of all other services and the police are monitoring, coordinating the link of all land and air searches.
And also there have been series of air sortie by the Nigerian Air force with diverse aircrafts in the aerial surveillance backing the ground patrols being done by foot and vehicles. Several aerial photographs & films have been taken and used.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said in a media chat that all the abducted students will be brought back to their parents. This is after widespread local and international condemnation of the perceived reluctance of the government to deploy resources promptly in rescuing the abducted girls.