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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: Britain and China Join In Rescue of Chibok Girls

PRESIDENT JONATHAN RECEIVES COMMITMENT BY BRITAIN AND CHINA TO DEPLOY ADVANCED TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES IN SUPPORT OF EFFORT TO LOCATE ABDUCTED GIRLS
In furtherance of efforts by the Federal Government to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Wednesday requested and received a commitment from Britain to deploy its intelligence gathering resources in support of Nigeria’s security agencies currently engaged in the search and rescue operation.

President Jonathan who spoke with the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron on the phone after meeting with Premier Li Keqiang of China who is on an official visit to Nigeria, asked and received a promise of the deployment of British Satellite Imaging capabilities and other advanced tracking technologies in support of the ongoing effort.

The President thanked Mr. Cameron, the British Government and people for their concern over the fate of the abducted girls and their willingness to provide concrete assistance to save th e girls from the terrorists who seized them from their school.

He told the Prime Minister that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will liaise with the British Government through its High Commission in Nigeria to work out practical details of the promised support and collaboration against terrorism.
The Peoples’ Republic of China has also offered to assist in the effort to rescue the abducted girls.

In talks with President Jonathan earlier today, Premier Li Keqiang promised that his country will make any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services available to Nigeria’s security agencies.

Mr. Keqiang assured the President that China will support Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in every possible way, including the training of military personnel for anti-insurgency operations.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
May 7, 2014

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