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Monday, March 28, 2016

Arrested Chibok girl receiving treatment in Cameroon

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from...A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

ABUJA - Health authorities in Cameroon and

security officials have started treatment of an

arrested suicide bomber who claimed to be one

of the 219 missing Chibok Girls.

Available information revealed that the girl was

found to be heavily drugged and bore several

injuries on her body.

Also, her 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.

A statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior

special assistant to President Mohammadu

Buhari on Monday stated that the girl's

"accomplice was about 30 years or more, and

both spoke only in Kanuri language.

It added that "Considering the well-known

guidelines regarding the publication of

photography of minors, we have decided to

forward the pictures of the suspected bomber to

the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for

verification by interested Chibok community

stakeholders.

"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 theissues."

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