Abducted Girls: Britain Weighs In With Intelligence Gathering As China Pledges Support

In a bid to enhance the Federal Government’s efforts to locate and rescue the female students abducted from a school in Borno three weeks ago, President Goodluck Jonathan today requested and received a commitment from Britain to deploy its intelligence gathering resources in support of Nigeria’s security agencies currently engaged in the search and rescue operation.

Jonathan who spoke with the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron on the phone asked for and received a promise of the deployment of British Satellite Imaging Capabilities and other advanced tracking technologies in support of the ongoing effort.

The president, who acknowledged the concern shown by Mr.Cameron and the British people in general, thanked the PM for their solidarity as well as their willingness to provide concrete assistance to save th e girls from the terrorists who seized them from their school.

He also told the Prime Minister that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would liaise with the British Government through its High Commission in Nigeria to work out practical details of the promised support and collaboration against terrorism.

In similar vein, the Chinese government has promised to help Nigeria in the rescue mission.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the promise at the State House in Abuja today during a bilateral talk he had with President Goodluck Jonathan.

At a joint press conference at the end of the bilateral talk, President Jonathan disclosed that the Chinese government promised to help Nigeria sustain her sovereignty.

Jonathan said his visitor promised not only to assist Nigeria rescue the abducted schoolgirls, but also to help in her 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.”

China also promised to assist the country in the development of its infrastructure like power, transportation, which include air and railway.

The Chinese Premier said both countries needed to strengthen their relationship and work together to fight terrorism.

He described Nigeria as a major country in Africa, saying China wants to take its partnership with Nigeria to a higher level.

He said the two countries have agreed to strengthen their bilateral relations in infrastructure, health, aviation and rail among others.

In a communique released at the end of the meeting, both leaders resolved to deepen cooperation in the areas of defence and security.

They promised to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism, anti-piracy and combating organised crimes.

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