Nigeria: ECOWAS security, intelligence chiefs meet in Ghana over Boko Haram

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of the worsening terrorist attacks in Nigeria and the abduction of over 200 school girls by the Boko Haram terror group, chiefs of security and intelligence of ECOWAS member states are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, Wednesday, PANA reported, quoting Nigerian defence sources.

The meeting is being held to fashion out measures aimed at assisting Nigeria to confront its security challenges.

In view of the fact that they share common borders with Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad will also have their intelligence and security chiefs at the expanded meeting.

PANA reports that the meeting followed the directive from ECOWAS Chair and Ghana President John Mahama during a visit to Nigeria to deliver a message of solidarity to President Goodluck Jonathan, in the wake of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls four weeks ago.

During the visit, the Chairman assured gave an assurance that the region would support the country in addressing the scourge and announced that a meeting of security officials would be convened to agree strategies for this support.

An international effort is underway to find and rescue the girls, with the US already flying surveillance aircraft over the area where the girls were kidnapped.

On Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who has already claimed responsibility for the abduction, said he would not release the girls until the sect members in detention nationwide are freed.

The federal government reacted by saying all options are on the table to free the girls.

The government of Borno State, where the girls were kidnapped, said Tuesday that 54 of them were identified by parents and escaped school girls who watched the video that showed about 130 of the girls wearing full length hijab and reciting the Quran.
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14 may 2014 00:28:34




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