Monday, 19 March 2018

Dapchi Schoolgirls To Be Rescued Next Week - Defence Minister

Defence Minister, Mansur Dan Ali, has assures Nigerians that the 110 abducted students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, might be released by Boko Haram in the next two weeks, noting that the federal government was closing in on them.

The minister, who dropped the hint on a live Channels TV programme, Sunrise, weekend, said intelligence reports at his disposal indicated that the girls would soon be released, reinforcng President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier disclosure that the Federal Government would rather negotiate the release of both Dapchi and Chibok school girls to ensure their safety.

Asked to give a timeline as to when the girls would be released, Dan-Ali said: “It can be earlier; maybe a week, it can be two weeks, but we are on it, and I’m telling you with all sense of sincerity that we are closing in on them.”On how much hope there was for the girls’ rescue, he said: “I cannot determine, it is an intelligence, but it is as soon as possible. I’m sure with the latest intelligence information we are getting, we shall get the girls soonest.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, while meeting former United States of America Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, last week, in Abuja, had said he preferred to have the girls back alive, hence his government’s adoption of negotiation, rather than military option. Disclosing that Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released, the President added: “We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive.” The Dapchi girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who invaded their school on February 19, 2018.

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