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Nigeria: ‘Good news’ soon on kidnapped girls

  • FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,  council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)

    FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)

  • FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,  council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)

    FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)

  • FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,  council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)
  • FILE-In this file photo taken Monday, May 19, 2014, Solome Ishaya, sister of kidnapped school girls Hauwa Ishaya stands outside their family house in Chibok, Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,  council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba,File)

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s National Council of State is promising to deliver “some good news” very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months.

The council, made up of past presidents, state governors and leaders of parliament, is “satisfied the security agents know very well where the girls are located,” Gov. Godwill Akpabio told reporters at a briefing.

The rescue of the girls was top of the agenda at the meeting Tuesday, he said, and “military authorities also confirmed that efforts were being made and that very soon we will have good news.”

The governor added the question is not whether the girls can be rescued but how to do it without endangering their lives.

He said the council, which was addressed by President Goodluck Jonathan and his national security advisers, was left confident that the president and the military are “on top of the situation.”

Tuesday’s council commended Nigeria’s military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands.

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