Cameroonian health and security officials on Monday started the treatment of an arrested suicide bomber who claimed to be one of the 219 missing Chibok Girls.
The girl was found to be heavily drugged and bore several injuries on her body.
The girl’s health condition had delayed her movement to the far north regional capital of Cameroon, Maroua, as earlier planned.
Pictures of the arrested suspected bomber obtained by Nigerian officials indicated that the girl was likely a minor, between ages nine to 12 years.
Her accomplice was about 30 years or more, and both spoke only in Kanuri language.
Considering the well-known guidelines regarding the publication of photography of minors, we have decided to forward the pictures of the suspected bomber to the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for verification by interested Chibok community stakeholders.
The Ministry of Women Affairs, the Nigerian High Commission in Cameroon and other agencies of government will continue to work together with other stakeholders to verify all the issues.
On Friday, 25 March, 2016, a suspected suicide bomber was arrested before she could detonate explosives strapped to her body in neighbouring Cameroon’s northern border.
When arrested, the girl said she is one of the missing Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko haram.
Some 270 girls were kidnapped from a Nigerian school at Chibok to an unknown destination in April 2014, provoking an international outcry.
Babila Akao said he asked the military and local self-defense groups to arrest or kill three suicide bombers his intelligence services and the population said had crossed over from Nigeria to Cameroon.
Akao is the highest-ranking official in Mayo Sava — an administrative area on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria.
The girl was, however, arrested before she could detonate her device.
In a related development, Parents from Chibok were sent by the federal government to Cameroon to verify whether the would-be suicide bomber is one of the schoolgirls abducted nearly two years ago.
The young woman arrested in northern Cameroon told investigators she was one of the 270 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from a school in Chibok on April 14, 2014.
She was one of two would-be bombers who were arrested wearing a belt packed with 12 kilograms of explosives.
Northern Cameroon Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said the girl’s claim was being treated with caution.
“Such would-be attackers are often drugged and can say anything,” he said.
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