Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014.
The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl. She told investigators in Cameroon she was one of 270 kidnapped in Chibok by jihadist group Boko Haram.
The abductions sparked international outrage when they occurred in April 2014. While about 50 of the girls managed to escape, 219 of these girls remain missing. They were taken by the militants from the Chibok community in north-eastern Nigeria.
She was arrested with one other girl after being stopped by local self-defence forces in Limani near the border with Nigeria, the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.
A spokesman for the Nigerian President said the government was keen to ascertain the girl’s identity so she could be brought back to Nigeria and possibly assist the government in investigating the abductions.
He said the two parents from Chibok selected to embark on the trip to Cameroon are Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok Abducted Girls Movement, and Yana Galang, the women’s leader in the group, whose 16-year-old daughter Rifkatu is among the missing.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was criticised for his slow reaction to the Chibok abductions. Mr Buhari, his successor, ordered a new investigation into the kidnappings in January.
Although Boko Haram has been driven out from most of the areas it controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, it has continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Sources: International Christian Concern, BBC
- Thank the Lord the two girls were caught before doing any harm to themselves or others; thank the Lord the two girls are now safe.
- Pray the Lord will minister to them and others like them who have suffered great trauma at the hands of Boko Haram.
- Ask the Lord to lead and make way for those in the government and the military who are trying to end the violence and find the remaining missing girls; pray too for many opportunities for the girls to escape.