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Chibok girls, other captives in Sambisa to regain freedom soon – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Abuja, on Sunday, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to rescuing the remaining Chibok girls and other Boko Haram captives held hostage in Sambisa Forest.

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The Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, stated this in an interview with newsmen. He added that whether the Chibok girls were still in Sambisa or not was information meant only for the military.

He noted that the rescue of the girls and other victims was the most important thing to the general public.

In his words: “We should allow for calm in this operation, which is still ongoing. We have yet to come to point zero. We have taken over the heart and the centre of Sambisa.

The operation will culminate with Operation Rescue Finale which will end only when all the captives, including the Chibok girls have been rescued, and this would be soon.

There are things we want to keep to ourselves for now. Everyone should understand that now that Sambisa is under the control of the military, there will be more rescues. We cannot say what will jeopardise the rescue operations of the troops.”

Abubakar noted that after final capture of the insurgents, the military will decided on what to do with the forest. He said for now what remained paramount for the military was how to completely flush out the insurgents. 

What we will do with Sambisa is still left with us. “We have completely left that as a secret. It is our secret. People shouldn’t preempt us,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence and other service chiefs has on Sunday gone to see the troops in the frontlines.

The visit, according to the MOD, was to reopen the roads in Borno State which had hitherto been shut due to Boko Haram activities.