The Nigerian government has assured that the Dapchi schoolgirls recently abducted by Boko Haram terrorists will soon regain freedom.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, gave this assurance during an interview on Dateline Abuja, a Channels Television’s programme which aired on Saturday.
Asked to give a time frame, he said: “It can be earlier; maybe a week, it can be two weeks, but we are on it, and I’m telling you with all sense of sincerity that we are closing in on them”.
“We have dispatched all the surveillance devices we have in terms of air, human resource, intelligence, and other forces that needed to be in place by all possible means and we have made sure that all that’s needed is being done to see that these girls are being found, wherever they are.”
Dan-Ali was also confident that the girls would return in the shortest time owing to the intelligence at the government’s disposal, though he could not say the exact time when this would be.
A faction of Boko Haram is believed to have kidnapped students of Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State on February 19.
No fewer than 110 students are unaccounted for.