By: Dayo Fasasi
The possible location of the abducted Chibok girls has been traced to a Nigerian Air Force Base.
According to the Director of Public Relations at the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the Nigerian Air Force has located the possible location of the remaining Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram.
Currently the Air Force is abstaining from attacking the area to make sure that the girls are not hit.
Famuyiwa added that the bombardment of Sambisa forest had been aimed at the logistics base of the Boko Haram insurgents and not possible areas, where the girls could be found.
“We have no fears that the girls are there because that particular location has been under surveillance for quite a while. We suspect it’s some kind of ammunition depot or maybe a workshop that they are using as their logistics base. Once you take out the base, you gradually weaken the resolve of the enemy to be able to prosecute any campaign.”
He also explained some tactics used by the Air Force to locate the girls:
“The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has become a force multiplier for us because it’s cheaper to run and the risk of losing human beings is greatly reduced. Again the UAVs have the capability to be airborne for up to eleven hours. So, we have been able to employ the UAV to a great extent to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance on the activities of the Boko Haram.”
On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria.