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Chibok Girls: Anxiety as Nigeria Awaits Arrival of Foreign Security Experts

There was anxiety and confusion among aviation officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Thursday with the news that the security experts were expected to fly into the country to rescue the abducted schoolgirls in Borno State by the Boko Haram.
The atmosphere at the waiting lounge of the airport revealed that Nigerians were anxious to see the arrival of the experts in the country.
The anxiety became heightened since President Goodluck Jonathan finalised government's position to enlist the support of the United States of America (US), China and France in rescuing the more than 200 school girls abducted for the past three weeks, from Chibok, Borno State.
THISDAY checks at the various identification points of both the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and the international wing of the airport where visitors coming into country could be identified proved abortive.
It was hectic to decipher whose responsibility it was to handle the arrival of the security experts the country.
The situation at the airport was more of buck passing as aviation officials kept making reference to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence.
As at the time of filing this report, nobody was ready to volunteer any information regarding the arrival time of the experts.
Efforts made to speak to the General Manager, Communications, Aviation parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati, proved abortive as his mobile phone could be reached
However, a senior official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), spoke hesitantly under anonymity,  saying:"How do I know or recognise a security expert. It is not our job to disclose who and who comes into the country. It is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that would give you a clearer picture of the time of their arrival. We in FAAN are not involved in the nitty-gritty of the status of visitors into the country.
"Immigration officials are in a better position to give valid situation report on this and not FAAN. Even as you can see the delegates coming into the country for the World Economic Forum (WEF), have their table where they are cleared.
A senior security personnel in a chat said: "My friend, I doubt, if any agency would want to tell or give you details of the arrival of these experts because this issue falls within the purview of military aviation and not within the realm of civil aviation.

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