Strong indications emerged on Wednesday that security experts from the United States of America may arrive in Abuja, today (Thursday) to help in the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Borno State.
Impeccable sources at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport told one of our correspondents that the flight document indicating that the security team would be in Nigeria today had been tendered to the NAIA authorities.
The source, who noted that the government had stepped up its fight against terrorists, stated that delegates for the World Economic Forum had been guarded around the airport by both local and foreign security officials who were mostly in mufti.
Asked if he was sure that the security experts from the US would arrive Nigeria today, our source said, “Yes, I will call you once they land at the airport. The fight against terror in Nigeria is gathering momentum and the information I have is that the security experts are likely to come with an American flight. As of today (Wednesday), they (security experts) have not arrived, those that we saw are delegates and officers of the WEF.”
Investigations from military sources revealed that the United States Special Forces expected to participate in the operation to find the missing girls might be deployed from the United States Africa Command under the leadership of Gen. David Rodriguez.
The source said that the US authorities could send in troops and equipment from the US Drone Base in Niger, a neighbouring country, the Gulf of Guinea, and other bases in Africa.
The source said that the Africom Command established to deal with such issues on behalf of the US would deploy the personnel, additional equipment required for the sensitive operation could come from the homeland.
“The President waited for so long; now he wants results; you know that there are problems within us; this is a difficult operation; you need equipment.
“You think that the Americans are coming in next week? Who says so? They have all the elements in the various bases they have in Africa. They can do their deployment in hours
“Remember, they have a drone base in Niger, they have a base in the Gulf of Guinea, and the sea of Somalia, they have the relevant equipment, the technology and they are motivated.”