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Female Suicide Bombers Are Not Chibok Girls – Presidency

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The Federal Government on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 allayed fears that the female suicide bombers currently being used by Boko Haram insurgents to wreak havoc could be the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

Over the past few days, female suicide bombers have been deployed in surprising attacks in the ancient cities of Kano and Katsina.

Former minister of education and leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili had earlier on insinuated that the suicide bombers could be the Chibok girls prompting widespread anxiety amongst the populace.

Vanguard reports:

She said on her twitter page recently: “It feels like eternity since April 14 when our girls lost their freedom. How can we move on like that? This new trend and pattern of female suicide bombers surely should particularly worry us. Female suicide bombers are again and again becoming the trend and our Chibok girls are still in the enemy’s den.

“It worries me stiff. Are we thinking? Our Chibok girls really need to be rescued from the clutches of evil. We must all not stop praying and demanding that the Federal Government acts for results. We have no apology for being agitated. We have nothing to defend for crying out for their rescue.”
However, Co-ordinator of National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, during a routine security briefing, alongside representatives of security forces in Abuja, vehemently denied the insinuation.

“The use of Chibok girls by Boko Haram is actually not true,” Omeri sharply responded to a question asked by a journalist at the briefing.

Also, Omeri confirmed the arrest of a minor female suicide bomber in Katsina State by security forces.

He said three Boko Haram suspects were arrested,Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at about 10p.m. along Zaria Road, Tudun Wada area of Funtua metropolis.
The suspects, according to him, include a male, Iliya Dahiru, and two females, Zainab Musa, 18, and Hadiza Musa, 10.

“The three suspects were arrested in a Honda CRV car. When they were directed to disembark for security checks, 10 year-old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and immediately, Iliya and Zainab attempted to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians, and subsequently arrested. The Police successfully unstrapped the explosives.

“It is on this note that we appeal to parents to consciously observe and watch their children’s activities to prevent them from participating in unwholesome activities, particularly acts of terrorism,” he said.

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