By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said it has deployed additional air assets, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, ISR, platforms to the North East in its renewed effort at locating the missing Dapchi school girls.
The service, in a statement by its spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said before now, following confirmation of reports that some of the girls were yet to be accounted for, it deployed some ISR platforms and helicopters to search for and possibly locate the missing girls as well as the rogue Boko Haram terrorists.
“Although these search operations were conducted in a covert manner, for obvious reasons, the efforts did not yield the desired results.
” Accordingly, the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, directed the immediate deployment of additional air assets and NAF personnel to the Northeast with the sole mission of conducting day and night searches for the missing girls.
” It is noteworthy that the renewed efforts at locating the girls are being conducted in close liaison with other surface security forces, “the statement said.
It added:” While the NAF will spare no efforts at possibly locating the girls via its air operations, it also seizes this opportunity to call on anyone, especially the locals, who might have any information that could lead to the location of the girls to bring such information forward to NAF authorities or other relevant security agencies.”