A suspected female suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up has claimed to be one of 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from Chibok town in Borno State in April 2014.
Reuters cites military and local government sources as saying two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defence forces in the northern Cameroonian village of Limani, the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.
The girls were then handed over to Cameroonian soldiers, who are members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force against Boko Haram.
A local government administrator, Raymond Roksdo, who confirmed the development, said “one of the indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We’re now verifying, because on the Nigerian side, they have the names and photos of these girls”.
Two military officers, who pleaded for their identities to be protected as they were not authorized to speak to the press, also confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok abductees.
“We need a few days to be able to confirm this information”, one of the military sources said. “We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything”.
If true, this would be the first time that any of the Chibok schoolgirls have been confirmed to be used by the terrorists to carry out suicide bombings.
While there were fears that some of the abducted schoolgirls may have been sent on suicide missions given that most of the suicide bombers are teenagers, around the same age as the Chibok girls, such fears have not been substantiated and this latest development may just shed more light on the fate of the girls, whose abduction almost two years ago, sparked national and global outrage.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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