Chibok Girls: Australia to Deploy Special Forces, IG Overrules Mbu
By Tobi Soniyi, Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Australian government has offered to deploy its Special Forces to help Nigeria rescue more than 200 schoolgirls who were abducted more than a month ago by the extremist Boko Haram group from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.
This came as the Inspector General of Police (IG). Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, overturned the order by the Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Joseph Mbu, banning the #BringBackOurGirls rallies in Abuja, stating that the Police High Command did not issue any order banning peaceful assemblies/protests anywhere in Nigeria.
Australia said the Special Air Service (SAS) regiment is on standby to deploy for the rescue if the Nigerian government accepts the offer.
Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, told Sky News yesterday that Nigeria was yet to respond to the offer.
“Australian troops, the SAS, are always on standby for contingencies,” Bishop said.
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