BY ABDULLAHI ISAH, MAIDUGURI
Dapchi school girls: Service Chief arrives Maiduguri; Denies engaging farmers/fishermen
The Nigerian military has denied rumours making the rounds that they have engaged the service of farmers and fishermen in search of the Dapchi school girls and for other security operations across the nation.
Addressing newsmen in Maiduguri after a closed door meeting of Service Chiefs at the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, the Defense Spokesman, Brigadier General John Agim said the closed door meeting reviewed the entire operations of Operation Lafiya Dole with the sole aim of restrategizing with a view to rescue the Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls as well as ending the nine years of Boko Haram insurgency.
The Service Chiefs, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris and DG DSS Lawan Daura, are in Maiduguri in compliance with the presidential directive that all the Service Chiefs should relocate to Maiduguri Borno state.
General Agim expressed dismay over some media reports that the Nigerian military has engaged or hired the services of fishermen and farmers in some parts of the country in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
While soliciting the support of the media, the Defense spokesman also urged the media to always cross check their facts before going to press.
General Agim however urged the public to support the military by giving useful information to the security agencies that will assist in rescuing the schoolgirls and any other persons held in Boko Haram captivity and end the insurgency.
General Agim assured Nigerians that the military is determination to rescue the school girls and end the insurgency within the shortest possible time.