The Nigerian Air Force says it has been able to identify possible locations of the abducted Chibok girls. Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the Director of Public Relations of the Air Force told Channels News that they are currently abstaining from attacking the area just to ensure that the girls are not hit.
“We have no fears that the girls are not there because that particular location has been under surveillance for quite a while and we suspected maybe its a kind of ammunition depot or maybe a workshop that they are using as their logistics place. Once you take off the logistics base, of course you gradually weaken the resolve of the enemy to be able to prosecute any campaign”.
He explained the usefulness of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in aiding them locate the girls;
” The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has become a force multiplier for us because its cheaper to run these platforms, you are not putting men there (and) the risk of losing human beings is greatly reduced.
“Again the UAVs have the capability to be airborne for up to eleven hours and its quite cheap to maintain. So, we have been able to employ the UAV to a great extent to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance basically for intelligence gathering on the activities of the Boko Haram.
The UAVs have also helped the Air Force to understand the terrorists’ pattern of movement and “how to be able to counter them should they want to strike or spring any surprise,” he said.
The Air Force had earlier in the month informed the nation that its unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram Terrorists group.
In April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, by Boko Haram and have not been seen ever since despite several efforts made by the Federal Government to rescue the girls and get them back to their families alive.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said last week that the girls may never be found again.
“Anyone saying they (Chibok girls) will return is telling lies, maybe some of them will return to tell their story” he said.