The Nigerian government announced on Friday that the search for the 110 schoolgirls who were abducted from the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi in Yobe State, has been extended to neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The country’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said top military and security officials on Thursday travelled to the northeast to add more urgency to the search, which has now been extended beyond the northeast theatre.
The officials include the nation’s top military officer and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.
They joined the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who had earlier relocated to the northeast, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), who has also visited the theatre.
The government had earlier released the names and other details of the 110 girls who have yet to be accounted for, following the attack on the GGSTC, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.
The panel set up by the Nigerian government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls was inaugurated on Thursday by the NSA.