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China offers to assist Nigeria in rescuing abducted Chibok girls

By The Citizen
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The Peoples Republic of China on Wednesday promised to assist the Federal Government in its quest to rescue schoolgirls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.

The Chinese Premier, Mr Li Keqiang, made the promise during a bilateral talk he had with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of his official visit to Nigeria.

The development came less than 24 hours after the US promised to deploy troops and equipment in the country to help secure the girls' release.

In a joint press conference at the end of the bilateral talk, Jonathan said China promised to help Nigeria sustain its sovereignty.

He said the Premier promised not only to help rescue the abducted girls, but also to assist the country in its fight against terror.

He said, 'We agreed to deepen cooperation in the field of defence and security and strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism, anti-piracy and combating organised crimes.

'The Premier promised that China will assist Nigeria in our fight against terror especially our commitment and efforts to rescue the girls that were taken away from a Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.'