Face of ‘drugged’ bomber arrested in Cameroon

Face of ‘drugged’ bomber arrested in Cameroon

Monday, March 28, 2016 10:12 pm

face of the 'Chibok' girl arrested in Cameroon

Face of the drugged ‘Chibok’ girl arrested in Cameroon. Photo: L’oeil du Sahel

Nigeria’s Federal Government has dashed hopes that the would-be-bomber girl arrested on Friday in Cameroon is not part of the 219  Chibok schoolgirls missing since April 14, 2014.

According to a statement issued Monday night, Nigeria’s presidency said the girl in possession of the Cameroonian authorities is likely to be a minor, aged between nine and 12 years and is  heavily drugged. And moreover, she only speaks Kanuri.

The youngest of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was 14 years old and would now be about 16 years old.

The Nigerian presidency further said the accomplice of the minor is in her thirties.

The latest statement today was consistent with the one issued Sunday, when the government said the information from the Cameroonians was that the captured girl was about 10 years old.

“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,”said the statement by  presidential aide, Garba Shehu.

“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.”

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