All hope may not really be lost for the parents of the abducted Chibok girls as the Cameroonian government on Friday reported that a suspected suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up claims to be one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno State in 2014.
The girls were arrested after being stopped by local self-defence forces in Limani near the border with Nigeria that has been the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.
The federal government is sending parents from the Chibok community to Cameroon to verify whether the suspected female suicide bomber is one of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram nearly two years ago.
Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, President Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu, said two parents from Chibok have been selected to embark on the trip to Cameroon, alongside chairman of the Chibok Abducted Girls Movement,and the group’s women leader, whose 16-year-old daughter Rifkatu is also among the missing.
The trip is being arranged by the government in partnership with the Murtala Muhammed Foundation in Nigeria, a non-government organisation which has been supporting the parents association has offered to partly sponsor the trip to avoid any delays.
Shehu said the government was keen to ascertain the girl’s identity so she can be brought back to Nigeria and possibly assist the government in investigations regarding the fate and whereabouts of the other missing Chibok girls.
“We hope that the Chibok parents will be able to identify the girl and determine whether she is indeed one of their missing students” he said.
He said the two girls will be brought by the Cameroonian government to Douala, the country’s largest city, on Monday for further checks into their identities.
About 270 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram from a school in Chibok Borno State,on 14 April 2014.While about 50 of the girls managed to escape, 219 of these girls had since remained missing.
Their abduction sparked international outrage and the #bringbackourgirls campaign. Former president Goodluck Jonathan was criticized for his slow reaction to the Chibok abductions, seen by many as indicative of his response to Boko Haram, which at its strongest held large swathes of northeastern Nigeria.
Meanwhile, on Friday March25,the Nigerian military averted yet another suicide attack on the innocent citizens in Borno State by intercepting two female suicide bombers, although one of them was killed before she could carry out the act, while the second one blew herself to death.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman,“the troops intercepted two female suicide bombers at about 1.20am, almost 100 metres south of Umurari Village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
“One of the suicide bombers on sighting our troops detonated her explosive device, killing herself instantly, while the second bomber in an attempt to escape was gunned down by one of the Garrison’s snipers”.