The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor has said that the abducted Chibok girls are being held in Sambisa forest and that his men and officers are heading there to free them. He said also that some of the girls are being held in a location close to the Chad-Niger border.
“We think, from the intelligence available to us, that the remaining areas that we are working to move into, that are where we are hoping to be able to rescue the Chibok girls.”
The Commander maintained that while his forces advance in the Sambisa Forest, they are also running down other leads on the whereabouts of the Chibok girls.
“It’s a belief, but beyond that, we’re also getting some intelligence that they may be somewhere on the Niger-Lake Chad border areas,” he said.
Irabor who spoke in a CNN report on the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations by the Nigerian military said that the intelligence surrounding the current location of the Chibok girls points to the Sambisa corridor, adding that there is need for more international support.
“The question of the Chibok girls remains a sore point in our history. The biometrics as it were of the Chibok girls are not known to us. Those are the issues which I believe are among the challenges.
The Commander assured that the military is working assiduously to ensure the rescue and safe return of the girls back to their families, saying: “we are working assiduously so that all of them are rescued and brought back to live in their communities.
“I think that the light is beginning to shine and in a short while we’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Irabor said. [myad]