The Federal Government announced, yesterday, that it was getting nearer to finding the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14 from Chibok, Borno State.
This is just as the military also said that troops have taken over Balmo forest in Bauchi and killed over 45 terrorists in an encounter, capturing foreign mercenaries and weapons.
The abducted schoolgirls were writing their school certificate examinations when they were abducted after they were lured away on the pretext by the terrorists that they were soldiers sent to rescue them from insurgents.
They were allegedly herded into some lorries and ferreted away to unknown destinations.
One of the Boko Haram leaders who masterminded the abduction has however been arrested.
Coordinator of the National Information Centre, NIC, Mike Omeri, said security agencies have made much headway in infiltrating the ranks of the terrorists and were in possession of information that will eventually lead to the rescue of the girls and ultimate defeat of Boko Haram.
Responding to accusations by Chibok community that Federal Government was not sharing information with them concerning efforts being made to locate and bring home the girls, Omeri said: “This centre has been open. We have always communicated and media houses have been reporting. But if they want security information beyond what we are communicating, then that is beyond us here.”
The Director General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, said part of the new information obtained about the dreaded group was that it has a female wing.
He said a Boko Haram armourer was arrested, but that some of the other information were still undergoing administrative processes and as such classified.
Omeri said: “We will let you know when further actions are taken. We now know some of the female operatives of Book Haram and some of their armorers.”