Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The Federal Government is making plans to send two members of the Chibok community to neighbouring Cameroon, in order to verify whether a female suicide bomber arrested in Cameroon on Friday is one of the missing schoolgirls abducted in Chibok almost two years ago.
A statement issued yesterday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan and the Nigerian High Commissioner in Cameroon, Ambassador Hadiza Zakari Mustapha have already swung into action and are receiving a lot of cooperation from the Cameroonian authorities.
The Murtala Mohammed Foundation has offered to cooperate with 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.
It has been confirmed that one of two girls is claiming to be among the girls stolen from Chibok on April 14 last year. However, there are doubts about the girl’s claim as information from Cameroon put the age of the two girls at about ten years.
One of the two girls is also believed to be heavily drugged and therefore not in full control of her senses.
Shehu revealed that the Nigerian High Commissioner in Cameroon, Ambassador Hadiza Zakari Mustapha 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.