The Federal Government has released the photographs of the suspected female bomber arrested in Cameroon on Friday who claimed to be one of the abducted chibok school girls by Boko Haram in 2014.
The senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the Cameroonian health and security officials on Monday started the treatment of the arrested suicide bomber. He said that the health condition of the girl who was found to be heavily drugged and bore several injuries on her body had delayed her movement to the far north regional capital of Cameroon, Maroua, as earlier planned.
According to shehu, the photographs were provided to verify her claim, he stated that since the pictures of the girl suggested that she could be a minor, the government had decided not to publish them but make them available for interested persons from Chibok.
His words: “Pictures of the arrested suspected bomber obtained by the Nigerian officials indicated that the girl was likely to be a minor, between ages nine and 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 photographs 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 the issues,” he added.