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Reward offered for information leading to release of abducted Nigerian school girls

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/7/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

150 people killed in fighting near Nigerian border with Cameroon

Riveting world attention, authorities have now offered a cash reward of $310,000 for information regarding the abduction of 250-plus Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The reward comes amidst news of fresh warfare conducted on the border town of Gamboru where at least 150 people were killed.

The news comes as U.S. officials prepare to send law enforcement and military assistance to help find the girls, who were abducted on April 14.

The news comes as U.S. officials prepare to send law enforcement and military assistance to help find the girls, who were abducted on April 14.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/7/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Nigeria, reward, abducted schoolgirls, Boko Haram


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a Nigerian Senator and several eyewitnesses, the attack took place at a town that Nigeria shares with its neighbor Cameroon.

"While calling on the general public to be part of the solution to the present security challenge, the Police High Command also reassures all citizens that any information given would be treated anonymously and with utmost confidentiality," the Nigeria Police Force said in a statement.

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The news comes as U.S. officials prepare to send law enforcement and military assistance to help find the girls, who were abducted on April 14.

In the meantime, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been harshly criticized after waiting three long weeks to publicly acknowledge the kidnappings in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram is rampant.

His administration continues to defend its response, even as details later emerged about a second mass kidnapping.

"The President and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think," presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe says.

"We've done a lot, but we are not talking about it. We're not Americans. We're not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something," Okupe said.

Okupe said helicopters and planes have searched for the girls in 250 locations and more troops are on the way.

Nigeria's President also accepted an offer of U.S. military support in the search for the girls.

"So what we've done is we have offered -- and it's been accepted -- help from our military and our law enforcement officials," U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters. "We're going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them."

A "coordination cell" will be assigned to provide intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiation expertise, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The cell will include U.S. military personnel.

In addition, the Pentagon has started planning on how it can help Nigeria, a senior U.S. military official says. U.S. military assistance will likely be limited to intelligence, mission planning and hostage negotiations.

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