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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has thrown a new twist to the whereabouts of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.

During the Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference and the first under his leadership held at Army Headquarters, Abuja, Monday, Buratai admitted that the Chibok girls were missing and their whereabouts was still shrouded in controversy.

“Despite the progress that is occurring in the theatre, we know that the Chibok girls are somewhere, we are suspecting that they are somewhere. We are not yet sure where they are but we are suspecting that they are somewhere.

“As soon as that is confirmed, we will attempt to see what we can do. We are making all efforts to see that we clear the terrorists and after clearing them to also rescue the Chibok girls,” the COAS said.

He revealed that machinery had been set in motion towards meeting the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to end the insurgency and secure the release of all their captives within the timescale of three months.

He expressed satisfaction with the inroads made so far by the Nigerian Army in the frontline and attributed same adherence to operational directives and new strategies.

In his reaction to the latest audio message released by the Boko Haram leader, Buratai described it as ‘another desperate move by the group to find relevance.’

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