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Chibok: Borno Ready To Cooperate With Military, Says Commissioner

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 03, (THEWILL) â€' Amid anxiety over the fate of the abducted female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, the state government said on Saturday that it was ready to cooperate fully with the Armed Forces in a bid to free the remaining girls still being held by Boko Haram.

The acting Borno State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, who gave the promise, said: 'Borno State does not have any problem with the arrangement provided the security agencies are ready and willing to place at our disposal all relevant information pertaining to the search and rescue operation.'

According to the Commissioner, 'We remain untiring in our resolve to continue to give unconditional support and cooperation to the Nigerian Armed Forces and the other security agencies in the fight against terrorism.'

Giving an assurance of cooperation, he said 'We are therefore ready and prepared at all times as a government to do anything to advance this cause. That said however, we hasten to state that the issue of search and rescue of the abducted Chibok school girls is squarely the responsibility of the security agencies to which we can only lend support.'

According to the commissioner, 'Nigerians have to understand that our role in this operation is largely complimentary and will hardly be in position to provide information without the full backing of the military.'

There has been a cold war between the Borno State Government and the military since the spokesman of the military, Major General Chris Olukolade came out few days ago to say that the Borno State Government should provide all the information on the abducted girls before the military could embark on a search and rescue mission in search of the missing school girls.