Dapchi girls will be released in 1 or 2 weeks - Minister
- Mansur Dan-Ali has assured that the abducted Dapchi girls will be rescued
- The minister of defence said the government was working towards it
- He predicted that they will return in one of two weeks
The 110 schoolgirls abducted in Dapchi by Boko Haram insurgents will soon regain their freedom as the military is closing in on them.
Defence minister Mansur Dan-Ali gave the assurance on Saturday, March 17 during a television programme.
“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,” he told ChannelsTV.
The insurgents invaded the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State on February 19, and abducted the students.
The minister revealed that all necessary efforts were being made to ensure that the girls return safely as soon as possible.
“We have dispatched all the surveillance devices we have in terms of air, human resource, intelligence, and other forces that needed to be in place by all possible means and we have made sure that all that’s needed is being done to see that these girls are being found, wherever they are.”
Dan-Ali was also confident that the girls would return in the shortest time owing to the intelligence at the government’s disposal, though he cannot say the exact time when it would be.
He has visited Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State and held a meeting with parents and teachers.
President Muhammadu Buhari also met with community leaders at Dapchi.
Buhari was received by the state governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, and other top government officials.
He assured that the federal government will not rest until all the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls in the Boko Haram custody are released and reunited with their families.
President Muhammadu Buhari had said the life of every citizen matters to his administration.
Meanwhile, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) =absolved President Buhari of blame in the killings and insurgency in the country.
According to the revered legal practitioner, the lopsided unitary system introduced by the military in 1966, is responsible for the security challenges Nigeria is currently facing.
Babalola made the comment on Thursday, March 15, after being honoured by the National Youth Council of Nigeria at a ceremony in ABUAD campus in Ado Ekiti.
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