by Oge Okonkwo
#BringBackOurGirls: France offers Nigeria ‘special team’ in hunt for kidnapped girls
France on Wednesday offered Nigeria a “special team” to look for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in an incident that has triggered global shock and condemnation.
The extremists seized a first batch of schoolgirls in Nigeria’s restive northeast three weeks ago, saying they were holding them as “slaves” and threatening to sell them, and have since kidnapped other girls in the area.
“A special team with all our resources in the region is at the disposal of Nigeria to help in the search and recovery of these young girls,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told parliament. Read more….
US says no military operations planned for Nigeria
The Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the United States effort to help find nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect.
A Pentagon spokesman said officials have no plans now to launch any military operations.
Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said the troops will be arriving in a few days as part of the larger U.S. assistance team to include State Department and Justice Department personnel. Read more….
Chibok: Britain, China to deploy satellite imaging technology
The British and Chinese governments have agreed to deploy their satellite imaging capabilities and other advanced tracking technologies to assist Nigeria in rescuing the over 200 secondary school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati , while briefing State House correspondent on Wednesday. Read more….
Ekwueme, Clark, Gbonigi seek total war on Boko Haram
The Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) has called for full deployment of military arsenal to quash the insurgency in the North East.
The group which is an assembly of leaders of thought from the three regional zones that made up the Southern Nigeria – the South-East, South-West and South-South said the unity of the country is very paramount and hence the security situation must be tackled headlong as it portends danger to the nation’s cooperate existence. Read more…..
Osun deputy governor’s brother defects to PDP
Sunday Olaoye, the elder brother of Osun Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Laoye, who formally declared his allegiance to the PDP on Wednesday at the party’s secretariat, said he left the APC because he was “used and dumped.” Read more…..