The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, held a meeting that lasted for 3 hours (from 1:30pm to 4:30pm) in Maiduguri with troop commanders over the abduction of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls.
According to Brig. Gen. John, the Defence Spokesman, the service chiefs were in Maiduguri to review the entire counterinsurgency operations, including the search for the students abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls Science and Technical Collage, Dapchi, Yobe State.
He added that the chiefs at the meeting held at the Brigadier MaiMalari Cantonment resolved that operational strategies for the search for the missing girls would no longer be discussed in public.
“The Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs came into the Theatre Command to review the main operations, particularly the Operation to get back the Dapchi schoolgirls”, he said.
“The CDS is soliciting for the cooperation of the media and all stakeholders in this ongoing operations.
“To this end, he is asking for maturity in handling the media so that we don’t speculate. For instance there are some ongoing speculation that the military has employed the services of some fishermen and farmers.
“This speculation in the view of the Chief of Defence Staff, can jeopardise the operation and also endanger the lives of the girls as well as all those who are involved in the operations.
“While the military is soliciting for useful information from the well-meaning general public, the military has not singled out fishermen and farmers for this assailants; rather the military is asking for anybody that has useful information.
“What we will be doing henceforth is to limit the way we publicise the strategy used in the operations. Rather, we will communicate the successes of the operations.”