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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Search continues for abducted girls

Protesters holds up placards demanding help from the Nigerian government to find the 219 girls who remain missing (AP)
Protesters holds up placards demanding help from the Nigerian government to find the 219 girls who remain missing (AP)

Nigeria's counter-insurgency spokesman says the military is focusing on a north-eastern forest where officials believe more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago are being held.

Information director Mike Omeri told reporters the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan "remains resolute in finding and returning them to their homes".

Parents and community leaders dismissed the statement as political nonsense. They said their information indicates the girls were moved from Sambisa Forest within weeks of their abduction.

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said he would not make any promises about the girls because their whereabouts remain unknown.

Jonathan's administration and the military have made misleading statements about the girls snatched from a school in Chibok town on April 14-15 in a mass abduction by Boko Haram that outraged the world.

Press Association

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