Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan prevented Britain’s Royal Air Force from rescuing the kidnapped Chibok girls, a report has claimed.

In a report by the Guardian UK, the Royal Air Force had located the girls in a few weeks in an operation named Operation Turus.

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“The girls were located in the first few weeks of the RAF mission,” a source involved in Operation Turus told the Observer. “We offered to rescue them, but the Nigerian government declined.”

It also claimed that Jonathan refused any international help over the kidnappings, saying it was a Nigerian problem.

“Nigeria’s intelligence and military services must solve the ultimate problem,” said Jonathan in a meeting with the UK’s then Africa minister, Mark Simmonds, on 15 May 2014.