Child Suicide Bomber Confirmed by Chibok Parents as Not One of the Missing Girls
The young girl apprehended by Cameroonian authorities last Friday after being caught carrying explosives with another female who unlike previously reported was actually an adult woman – is definitely not one of the missing Chibok girls.
The 12-year-old who along with her companion had planned to detonate the bombs and blow themselves up – claimed to be one of the more than 250 schoolgirls that were abducted from their dorm rooms by Boko Haram back in April 2014.
57 girls from the group managed to escape but the remaining 219 girls are still unaccounted for.
Almost two years later – the legacy of the missing Chibok girls seems to be immersed in the tragic realization that some of them have been forcibly turned into child brides while the rest are being groomed to carry out the deadly task of being human weapons.
Once the girl’s claims were acknowledged – The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) went into action by fully cooperating with the Nigeria government in an effort to determine the accuracy of the claims.
The advocacy group confirmed in a released statement that as previously reported – three delegates representing the parents of the Chibok girls were selected to make the trip to Cameroon to meet with the girl and verify whether or not she was indeed one of the missing girls.
Based on the meeting between the representatives and the girl – there is no evidence to support her claims. The statement issued by MMF explained that after photographs of the girl were thoroughly examined – it was concluded that she did “not fit the description of any of the missing daughters from Chibok”.
Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, MMF chief executive had initially set the investigation in motion when she brought the girl’s confession to her group’s attention.
As the two-year anniversary of the kidnappings draws near, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure from the Bring Back Our Girls advocacy group to step up efforts in the search and recovery of the missing girls – as their disappearance still remains a highlighted dent in his administration – despite promises to hastily bring Boko Haram’s reign of terror to a swift end.