From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Federal Government delegation to Cameroon to verify the claim that one of the bomber nabbed in that country was one of the abducted Chibok girls has disclosed that she has started treatment.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said this development was confirmed by health and security officials in the country. “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.”
Shehu said the picture of the suspected bomber has been forwarded to the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for verification by interested Chibok community stakeholders. He said her picture will not be publicised in accordance with the guidelines regarding the publication of photography of minors
“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.”
On April 14, 2014, 219 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State were abducted by Boko Haram.
While some of the girls have returned to their parents, more than 200 of them are still missing.