December 19, 2014
Nigerian army: We know where kidnapped girls are
“The good news for the girls is that we know where they are but we cannot tell you, we cannot come and tell you military secrets here. Just leave us alone, we are working, we would get the girls back.” Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh stated today, in declarations reproduced by The Punch.
According to the military head, using force to rescue the girls was out of the question due to the risk of militants killing their hostages in the course of the operation. Badeh also hit back against criticisms around their handling of the rescue plans, supported by international help from the USA and UK.
"We want our girls back,; we want our girls back; we can do it, our military can do it but where they are held, can we go with force?", he explained.
"If we go with force, what will happen? They will kill them. So nobody should come and say the Nigerian military does not know what it is doing. We know what we are doing, we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back. So we are working."More than 200 girls were taken from a school in Chibok on April 14 and remain hostages of the armed group, who have threatened to sell them into slavery if Nigerian authorities did not releases militants held in custody.