Borno State Governor “has information” on abducted girls

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BORNO GOVERNOR

The governor of Borno state says he has information on the whereabouts of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram. Governor Kashim Shettima said he had passed reports of the sightings of the girls to the military for verification.

Governor Shettima believes the girls have not been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroon. Earlier, France’s president offered to host a summit on Boko Haram. “I suggested, with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a meeting of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries” Francois Hollande said. “If the countries agree, it should take place next Saturday” he added.Co untries neighbouring Nigeria, such as Cameroon, Niger and Chad, would be invited to the security summit.

Aides said the US, UK and EU would also be likely to attend. The US, UK and France have already pledged technical assistance to the Nigerian government.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan said an Israeli counter-terrorism team would arrive in Nigeria to help in searching for the schoolgirls, who were abducted last month. Both the US and UK distanced themselves from suggestions that they would send soldiers to take part in the military operation in the vast north of Nigeria.

“There’s no intention at this point to be putting any American boots on the ground” said US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said it was unlikely Nigeria would ask for British troops to help, but he added: “I said to President Jonathan where we can help, please ask, and we will see what we can do.”

“I rang the Nigerian president to offer anything that would be helpful and we agreed to send out a team that includes some counter-terrorism and intelligence experts to work alongside the bigger American team that’s going out there.” Prime Minister David Cameron later tweeted his support for a hashtag aimed at raising awareness of the abductions.

The US First Lady Michelle Obama has described herself and President Barack Obama as being “outraged and heartbroken” over the girls’ abduction. Speaking instead of her husband in the weekly presidential address, she said: “What happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident. It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”

Boko Haram has admitted capturing the girls, saying they should never have been in school and should get married instead. The group has also threatened to sell the girls as “slaves”. Boko Haram has been engaged in a violent campaign against the Nigerian government since 2009.

It is thought the majority of the girls are Christians, although a number of Muslims are among those who were taken. Chibok, from where they were abducted, is a small community where families are made up of members of both faiths.

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14 Comments
  1. Marvel Emuobo says

    Is he not the same Shettima that set up the abduction of the girls?

  2. Ka'ab Ibrahim Real G's says

    200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group ….what do u mean …… or u believe dat a muslim can kidnap a muslim …. ?

  3. Ande Apollo says

    Wat an idiot, dat shows he knew abt it long b4 now n he wants d 50m reward

  4. Obinna Uzoma says

    The hid & seek game is over. very soon the entire truth will be known.

  5. Newman Nnabugwu says

    shettima is a kidnapper and a terrorist,he has to face the ICC

  6. Chinedu Christiantus says

    He want to collect the 50million set by police if u gv information

  7. Justin Promise says

    An in the days of those kings, the God of heavens(JEHOVAH) WILL SET UP A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL NEVER BE BROUGHT TO RUIN. AND THAT GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT BE PASSED TO ANY HUMAN BODIES OR AUTHOURITIES OR PARTY, RATHER IT WILL CRUSH AND PUT AN ENTERNAL END TO ALL OF THEM, BUT IT ITSELF WILL STAND TO TIME INDEFINITE.
    …….DANIEL 2:44.
    QUESTION: WHAT MUST WE DO TO INHERIT OR BE A PART TO SUCH GOVERNMENT, AND WHO WILL BE THE PRESIDENT, GOVERNORS OF SUCH GOVERNMENTS.
    COMMENT PLEASE.

  8. Aarisa Obioha Prince says

    This shettima moron is definitely part of the arrangement behind the kidnaping is the inocent girls…. He should be made to pay with his miserable life.

  9. Favour Esonu says

    Only God Knws D Truth

  10. King Vimcy Ezievo says

    # shetima bring back our girls

  11. Chuks Emeka Amuchie says

    No girls wer abducted in chibok,d governor n his team made up dat story so dat Nigerians wil say dat GEJ cant handle d affairs of d Nation

  12. Suleiman Jibril says

    S-I-L-E-N-C-E ! Is the best answer for foot-soldiers of the shoeless and clueless one.

  13. Abba Black Kyari says

    Please please and please. Do not insult our able and noble governor. No state in dis nation Nigeria that will handle this atrocity that is being build by d ppl on d top like that of Borno. Dont u guyz hav respect to ur elders ne? What has he done wrong to u guys? Remember, he is d chief in d state. He most have im4mation mana. Pls be mature in d comment u ar sending wit due respect to all. Stay!

  14. Udeh Ifeanyi says

    I sujest there should be no coment yet, we should not compromise the only chance we ‘ve got to rescue the girls, what ever coment should start when the girls are rescued. In vew of things in this country, a comon man can never come up with national informatio for fear of being pushed around or even executed him, it’s only poeple like shetima can give such infomation directly to the federal gov, and shetima must ‘ve got such information frome a local source which can not deliverd it directly to the federal gov.

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