It has been almost 130 days since the abduction of the Chibok school girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 in Borno State, and there have been concerns that the girls would not be rescued as, it’s reported, the FG is slow in ensuring the release of the girls.
However, Britain has come to Nigeria’s aid in the rescue mission as the country’s Royal Air Force plans to send three fighter jets to help in locating the girls.
The RAF Tornado GR4s equipped with surveillance facilities, according to Daily Mail on Wednesday, will undertake “reconnaissance missions” over the Sambisa Forest where the girls are believed to be held.
A British government source told The Times that the jets would help the Nigerian authorities in tracking the movements of the insurgents.
The report, however, added that the mission was dependent on a nearby nation giving the British government the nod to use its runway.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman did not deny the report about the deployment of the planes.
He said: “The United Kingdom continues to work with the United States and France as well as Nigeria’s neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian government.
“Together with our allies we have provided continuous surveillance support to the Nigerian authorities, including satellite imagery. We are still in discussion with partners on the deployment of further surveillance capability.”
Last Friday, Britain’s Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, had condemned the abduction of over 100 people in Nigeria and had pledged that the UK would continue to support in the fight against Boko Haram.
He said: “I am appalled to see reports of another large abduction by terrorists in the North- East of Nigeria. Officials at the British High Commission in Abuja are urgently looking into the details. The UK stands firmly with Nigeria as it faces the scourge of Boko Haram.”
The suspected members of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, on Monday killed at least three people and kidnapped 15 others in a fresh cross-border attack in northern Cameroon.
“The attack took place on Monday afternoon when at least 20 armed men tried to get food supplies, stealing all the [food] stocks found in the Cameroonian village of Greya,” the source told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
The source added: “Boko Haram militants killed at least three civilians and abducted a dozen others – presumably all Cameroonians.’’
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 Chibok school girls in Borno. However, there have been reports of some of the girls escaped, but quite a large number of the girls are still being held captives.
There have been fears that the Chibok girls that being brainwashed by their captors are turned into suicide bombers as more female suicide bombers have been on recently ‘used’ in terrorists’ missions.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan on July 22, 2014, met with the parents of the abducted girls and and some of the Chibok girls who managed to escape from their captors.
However, the Northern Elders Forum on August 11, gave President Goodluck Jonathan an ultimatum, till October, to bring back the missing Chibok girls or forget his 2015 second term ambition.