Rex Tillerson: US working to lift Chad travel ban

Rex Tillerson: US working to lift Chad travel ban

Rex Tillerson: US working to lift Chad travel ban

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday told the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, that the Federal Government was working with worldwide organisations to secure the release of abducted school girls in the North Eastern part of the country. In April 2014, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Borno State in the far northeast.

"The United States is very much engaged in the coordinated effort (of the Combined Multinational Force), both in equipment and training and in advice and information".

He said that the USA government would offer special training for Nigeria's security personnel to enable them engage in special operations.

"We hope something can be worked out and they (Boko Haram) can be persuaded to release these girls quickly".

"Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press availability by the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama", the embassy stated. "That's our prayer", Tillerson said.

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She signed a criminal citation with a promise to appear in court at a later date and was released to her fiancee. Police said one person sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

An official statement by the Nigerian government said another important aspect of Buhari's discussion with Tillerson was the issue of the 110 abducted girls from a college in Nigeria's northeastern town of Dapchi.

In his words to Tillerson, Buhari said "We are trying to be careful". previously reported that Tillerson would arrive in Abuja on Monday, March 12 for his first official visit to Nigeria.

He said progress had been made with dealing with what has been cited as the reason for including Chad on the list - problems with its passports, which are not biometric.

But the main problem Chad had was that a partner who contributes to USA counter-terror efforts is essentially being lumped with pariah states such as North Korea and Venezuela on the visa list. He says he believes those steps will "allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad".

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