News

Nigeria offers $300K reward for missing girls, U.S. offers aid

Nigeria offers $300K reward for missing girls, U.S. offers aid

KIDNAPPED:Protesters hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington May 6. Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian police offered a 50 million naira ($300,000) reward on Wednesday to anyone who can give credible information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels.

Last month’s mass kidnapping by militant group Boko Haram in the remote northeastern village of Chibok triggered an international outcry and protests in Nigeria, piling pressure on the government to get the girls back.

President Barack Obama says the immediate priority is finding nearly 300 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria three weeks ago.

But Obama says the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram must also be dealt with.

The brazen April 15 abduction has sparked international outrage.

And Obama says in an interview with NBC’s “Today” that he’s glad the Nigerian government is accepting help from U.S. military and law enforcement advisers.

The White House says U.S. armed forces are not being sent.

(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Latest Headlines

in Local

Maine Home Sales Rise in September

Newsradio WGAN

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Sales of existing Maine homes rose 6.58 percent last month.

in Local

Man who Fired Shots with Kids Nearby Gets 18 Years

GENERIC PRISON LARGE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man accused of chasing and firing at another man as children were preparing to catch their school bus is going to prison for 18 years for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

in Local

Report of Grenade Prompts Maine Motel Evacuation

Newsradio WGAN

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) _ The Maine State Police bomb squad has been called to a Skowhegan motel following a report that a grenade was found.

in Local

Maine Police Investigating Bathtub Death of Baby

GENERIC POLICE CRUISERS

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Maine police are investigating the death of a baby found unresponsive in the bathtub of a Lewiston apartment.

in Local

Maine Unemployment Up Slightly in September

UNEMPLOYMENT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine officials say seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly in the state from August to September.