The Nigerian Air Force has said its special aircraft mounted with “newly installed surveillance cameras” are searching for the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in the Sambisa general area of Borno State.
The air force said the special aircraft went on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions daily with the hope of sighting the Chibok girls, and “other possible captives of Boko Haram.”
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, stated this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, noting that the military was not folding its arms to rescue the captives.
While a total of 106 Chibok schoolgirls had returned with the latest batch of 82 rescued in December 2017, about 113 girls are still in captivity.
AVM Adesanya said, “One thing I can assure you is that there is no day that the sun rises and sets that the air force does not expend resources to locate every possible hostage of Boko Haram terrorists.
“The captives may be the Chibok schoolgirls and other women or children who we never heard of. This is why in the North-East, we have the ISR missions.
“We also expended money to install the surveillance cameras to our platforms to search for the girls. Those missions are undertaken night and day. They are flown by young officers. I was on one of the missions and we spent over three hours flying in the search. This was about three months ago.
“Although, we once said that one of Abubakar Shekau’s wives was killed in an air strike, the focus of our operations is not Shekau’s wife; that might not be of any value to the war efforts. Our focus is to rid the northeast of the madness being perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents.”