Saturday, 23 February 2013

Nigerian Security Agencies Intensify Search for Abducted French Nationals

Nigerian security forces have said they have narrowed in on the area where the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, have held the French hostages, kidnapped earlier this week.
Members of a Joint Task Force (JTF), in-charge of maintaining the peace in the lawless region, also moved into the area in order to conduct the rescue operations.
Sources said that the hostages are being held somewhere in the north-eastern part of the country, close to its border with Cameroon.
"I can confirm based on intelligence that the kidnappers are currently in some bush enclaves between Dikwa and Gamboru-Ngala border village," said a security officer who did not want to be named.
"We have given the JTF squad all the necessary intelligence and they are working seriously towards rescuing the French nationals without any incidence of losing anyone of them," he added.



Some residents of Dikwa have also confirmed sighting the abducted French nationals. A Dikwa community resident, who spoke under anonymity, disclosed that the French nationals were seen being transferred into an unmarked vehicle on the Dikwa-Gambouru road when the one they were being transported broke down. “I cannot tell which direction the vehicle zoomed off to on the Dikwa-Gambouru road, but seven white people were among those coming down from the broken vehicle and entering another”, the source said.

 

The seven French tourists were abducted in northern Cameroon while on tour and later taken into Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

 

While we commend the efforts of the Nigerian security agencies to track down the perpetrators of this deadly disgraceful act, we urge them to do everything humanly possible to rescuing the seven French nationals as soon as possible without losing anyone of them.

 

The world is one global village and it is our conviction that mankind have the rights to walk the nooks and crannies of this global village without molestation or victimization of any kind. Nigeria is a safe country with the exception of some few disgruntled elements masquerading to cause havoc in some parts of Northern Nigeria and Government is doing everything to contain these criminals.   

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