The Federal Government is to send parents of kidnapped Chibok girl to Cameroon to verify claims by an arrested girl suicide bomber that she was one of the girls abducted from their school in Chibok in April 2014.
The bomber was arrested in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could detonate her bomb.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Saturday said the Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan and Nigerian High Commissioner in Cameroon, Ambassador Hadiza Zakari Mustapha, are already talking to the Cameroonian authorities about verifying the claim of the girl.
He said the verification was needed because of the information that the girls arrested in Cameroon were about 10 years old.
All the abducted Chibok girls are believed to be in their teens.
He added that one of the two girls was also believed to be under the influence of drugs and could not have been in full control of her senses.
He said the Nigerian High Commissioner in Cameroon had confirmed that the arrested girls might be brought to the capital, Yaounde, by Monday, at which point the High Commission would seek permission to meet with them.
“The Murtala Mohammed Foundation has offered to cooperate with the Nigerian government in sponsoring two parents from Chibok who have been selected to embark on the trip to Cameroon.
“The two are Yakubu Nkeki, Chairman of the Parents of the Abducted Girls from Chibok association, and Yana Galang, the group’s women leader.
“The Nigerian High Commission will receive the two and will facilitate their access to the two girls once permission to meet and verify their identity is obtained from the Cameroonian authorities.”
Meanwhile, the members of the Chibok community in Abuja are also planning to send a delegation to Cameroon as part of efforts to identify the suspected suicide bomber, who claimed to be one of the girls abducted in the community in 2014.
The Chairman, Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Abana told The Punch that he had directed some people to visit Cameroon to identify the suspect, adding that he had also contacted the government about it.
“We are making contacts to get some of our people (Chibok community) to visit Cameroon and confirm it because the name of the girl, Fatima Alhaji is not one of the names of the abducted school girls. We don’t have Fatima Alhaji, but we have Fatima Dabji, so we don’t know whether they changed her name in the Boko Haram camp and gave her Alhaji, we can’t say yet until we confirm it. We have also asked the government to find out.”