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Nigeria sends Chibok parents to Cameroon over claims by arrested female suicide bomber

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

The Federal Government is to send some

members of the Chibok community to

neighbouring Cameroon, to verify whether a

female suicide bomber arrested on Friday, is

one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

This information is contained in a statement

issued in Abuja on Saturday by Garba

Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on

Media and Publicity to President

Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement said already the Minister of

Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, and the

Nigerian high commissioner in Cameroon

had swung into action and were receiving a

lot of cooperation from the Cameroonian

authorities.

“It has been confirmed that one of two girls

is claiming to be among the girls stolen from

Chibok on April 14, last year, although

doubts have creeped into the claim

following new information from Cameroon

that the two girls are aged about 10 years,’’ it

stated.

According to the statement, one of the two is

also believed to be heavily drugged and

therefore not in full control of her senses.

It said that the Nigeria’s High Commissioner

to Cameroon, Hadiza Mustapha, confirmed

that the arrested girls might be brought to

the Cameroonian capital, Younde, by

Monday, at which point the High

Commission would seek permission to meet

with them.

The statement said that the Murtala

Mohammed Foundation had offered to

cooperate with federal government in

sponsoring two parents from Chibok, who

were selected to embark on the trip to

Cameroon.

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