By Joy Baba
In view of the need to provide daily updates on the search of the abducted girls, the Defence Headquarters has directed that henceforth, progress reports on the search will be handled by the Borno State Government.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI) Major General Chris Olukolade yesterday in Abuja.
The statement said the security forces on ground in the state have also been directed to coordinate with the State Government and provide them with necessary information on the search for the girls.
Olukolade said while the military efforts at recovering the girls is continuing, the Government of Borno State whose Commissioner for Education has been giving a regular update on the incident at initial stage is enjoined to continue in order to satisfy the necessity for information flow.
He noted that the forces will remain disposed to receiving, analyzing and applying all relevant information on this issue Adding that it will not relent in its efforts in this search.
“A lot of information has been received in the efforts at securing the freedom of the girls. The Armed Forces assures all Nigerians that it will continue to appraise every information received during this operation accordingly.
“Unfortunately however, most of the information, some of which have been mischievously publicized for sensational reasons, have always turned out to be spurious and of no operational use.
“Disturbingly, some of them have been mischievously sensationalized and publicized with a view to heightening tension and inflicting more pain on the nation as envisaged by the terrorists”.
The statement Also said alongside the search for the girls, the military is currently committed to various security operations in most parts of Northern Nigeria where troops are deployed in forests and mountains combating terrorists and armed gangs of various descriptions.
DDI said the military reaffirms its unflinching resolve to continue to discharge its responsibility in defending the territorial integrity and the people of Nigeria in the most professional man