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Would-be suicide bombers arrested in Cameroon ‘not Chibok girls’


Investigators have revealed the identity of a would-be suicide bomber arrested in Cameroon. She is not one of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls.

Cameroon released the identities of the girl and another would-be female suicide bomber to Nigerian security agencies and a delegation to Yaounde.

The self-confessed bomber is Aissatou Musa and her accomplice is Mamma Sali.

But the girls were yet to be handed over to the Federal Government as at press time last night.

According to sources, after debriefing and profiling of the two girls, the Cameroonian authorities communicated their findings to Nigerian security agencies and the delegation to Yaounde.

It was learnt that the two girls have no Western education.

A report said: “Available information as regards the acclaimed Chibok girl indicated as follows: Aissatou Musa, who claimed to be one of the Chibok girls, is the daughter of Musa Bladi and Fanta(mother) of Mandara ethnic group.

“The second girl is Mamma Sali. She is the daughter of Sali Chetima and Hajiya Bintou of Kanuri tribe.

“Both hailed from Bama and speak in Mandara, Hausa and Kanuri. They have never been to Western school, except Koranic schools. They have no relationship with the 219 Chibok girls.”

But as at press time, the two girls were yet to be released to the Federal Government.

A source said: “The girls have not been handed over to the Federal Government because the Cameroonian Government is still probing some clues on Boko Haram from them.

“You know, Northern Cameroon town have been attacked many times by Boko Haram since the insurgents were displaced from their bases and cells in the Francophone country.”

The  #BringBackOurGirls group on Saturday gave the Federal Government 24 hours to unveil the true identity of the self-confessed bomber.

Cameroonian health and security officials yesterday started treatment on an arrested suicide bomber who claimed to be one of the 219 missing Chibok Girls.

The girl was found to be heavily drugged and bore several injuries on her body.

The girl’s health condition 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, the statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said it was decided to forward the pictures of the suspected bomber to the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for verification by interested Chibok community stakeholders.

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