Saturday, February 24, 2018

Nigeria to send more troops to find missing schoolgirls

state of Yobe nigeria
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he will be sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to search for schoolgirls who were declared missing after suspected Boko Haram terror group attacked their college in the northeastern state of Yobe last Monday.

In a statement, Buhari assured the families of the missing students from the Government Girls Technical College in Dapchi area of Yobe that no effort will be spared to bring succor to them, as troops will be mandated to "keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found."

On Thursday, the Nigerian government said it was not yet sure of the number of the missing girls and pleaded for more time to assess the situation.

Buhari described the incident as a "national disaster," saying "the entire country stands as one with the girls' families."

The tragedy of the missing girls has brought back memories of a similar occurrence four years ago in Africa's most populous country when more than 200 schoolgirls, also from an all-girl college, were abducted by Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Chibok.

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