Air Force Denies Knowing Chibok Girls Whereabouts

Chibok Girls

The Nigerian Air Force has denied media reports that it has identified the location where Chibok girls are being held by Boko Haram insurgents, saying that its spokesman’s statement was misrepresented.

Channels Television had last Friday reported that the Nigerian Airforce spokesman told the television station that it had identified possible locations the of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped in April 2014.

The TV station further reported that the Airforce spokesman, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said that the location had not been attacked so as not to compromise the safety of the abducted girls.

However, in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by Famuyiwa, the Airforce said that the report was “a misrepresentation of the interview that the NAF Director of Public Relations gave the Channels Television that was aired on Friday 12 February 2016.”



    Famuyiwa said he spoke only about the Airforce’s ability to identify possible locations where the girls are being held and that “it has at no time identified the specific location of the Chibok girls.”

    Even then, the spokesman said that the Airforce is working “round the clock with surveillance aircraft covering the over 157,000 km2 area of the North East in order to identify the position of not only the Chibok girls but other Nigerians that might have been held captives.”

    It stated further: “whilst the specific position of the Chibok girls is not yet ascertained by the NAF, we have not folded our arms on the surveillance flights and will continue to use these flights to degrade the capacity of the terrorists and as soon as possible locate the position of the Chibok girls and other Nigerians that are under captivity.

    Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped more than 200 girls from the Senior Girls Secondary School, SGSS, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014 and they have not been found since then.


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