The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional air assets, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, to the North East in a renewed effort at locating the missing Dapchi schoolgirls.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
The deployment comes barely one week after 110 students went missing following an invasion of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
Since the confirmation of reports that some of the girls were yet to be accounted for, the Air Force had deployed some ISR platforms and helicopters to search for and possibly locate the missing girls as well as the insurgents.
The efforts, however, did not yield the desired results as the search operations were conducted in a covert manner, for obvious reasons.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar consequently directed the immediate deployment of additional air assets and NAF personnel to the troubled region, 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 read.
The Air Force noted that it would spare no efforts at possibly locating the girls via its air operations.
It also called on Nigerians, 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.