The government of Cameroon has handed over two suspected female bombers who claimed to be among the 219 missing Chibok girls abducted in 2014 to Nigeria for proper identification.
Maryam Alhaji Wakeel, 12, and Aishatu Usman, a 35-year-old mother of two, were arrested with explosives in Limani, Cameroon, but claimed to be among the abducted girls from Chibok.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, in a statement, three authorised representatives of the parents of the 219 missing Chibok girls have identified the suspects and confirmed that the girl and the woman do not fit the description of any of the missing daughters from Chibok.
The trio of Mr. Yakubu Nkeki, chairman; Mr. Lawan Zana, secretary and Mrs. Yana Galang, women leader of the Chibok Girls Movement identified the pictures of the suspects but disowned them as being part of the missing girls.
The statement reads: “Nigerian government officials have informed the MMF that both Maryam Alhaji Wakeel and Aishatu Usman have been handed over to the Nigerian military this evening (Wednesday) and are currently on their way back to Nigeria.
“The Nigerian government by Tuesday afternoon had already informed the MMF that the girl has clearly identified herself as Maryam Alhaji Wakeel, 12 years old, originally from Maiduguri but abducted from Bama when the town was overrun by Boko Haram a year ago.
The woman has identified herself as Aishatu Usman, a 35-yearold mother of two children.”
The MMF noted further that, “However the identification process was still carried out to lay to rest any claims that the girl is one of the 219 girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok on April 14, 2014. Mr. Nkeki, Mallam Zana and Mrs.Galang have confirmed that the girl and the woman do not fit the description of any of the missing daughters from Chibok.”