Investigations are still ongoing on the case of a suspected suicide bomber who has claimed she is one of the 270 abducted girls in a school in Chibok, Nigeria. At the moment, the Nigerian government is sending parents from the Chibok community in Bornu State, Nigeria, to Cameroon to confirm the girl’s identity.
In April 2014, about 270 school girls were abducted by Jihadists group Boko Haram from a school in Chibok. This had sparked tremendous horror among Nigerians leading to an international outcry and a campaign #bringbackourgirls. According to reports, about 50 of the girls were said to have escaped, leaving 219 still missing.
However, it was reported on Friday that one of the two girls whom were arrested in northern Cameroon carrying explosives claimed to be one of the missing Chibok school girls. The girls were arrested in Limani near the border with Nigeria. The border is said to be the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months, and however, had local self-defence forces manning it.
According to Shehu Garba, Spokesman for Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian High Commissioner in Cameroon, Hadiza Mustapha, has liaised with authorities in Cameroon whom have consented to assisting the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government is keen on ascertaining the girl’s identity so she can be brought back to the country. Also the government hopes that this discovery will aid investigations concerning the fate and whereabouts of the other missing school girls.
Two parents from Chibok were selected to go to Cameroon to ascertain the girls identity. They are Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok Abducted Girls Movement, and Yana Galang, the group’s women leader, whose 16-year-old daughter Rifkatu is among the missing.
The trip to Cameroon was arranged by the Nigerian Government in partnership with the Murtala Muhammed Foundation in Nigeria, a non-government organisation which has been supporting the parents association and has offered to partly sponsor the trip to avoid any delays.
The two suspected suicide bombers will be brought to Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, on Monday for further checks into their identities.