According to Nigerian Tribune, 3 authorised representatives of the parents of the 219 missing Chibok girls arrived the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) offices from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, on Wednesday [Mar 30], to view photos of the girl claiming to be one of the 219 missing students kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Mr Yakubu Nkeki, chairman; Mr Lawan Zana, secretary and Mrs Yana Galang, women leader, of the Chibok Girls Movement, all of whose children are amongst the kidnapped 219 Chibok girls were, upon their arrival, shown photos of the girl who was arrested along with another woman on Friday, March 25, carrying explosives in Limani, Cameroon.
A set of photographs had been sent to the MMF on the evening of Monday by Garba Shehu, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity. A more recent batch of photos, taken at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday was sent to the MMF by Ambassador Hadiza Mustafa, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cameroon.
The earlier set of photos showed the girl partially clothed and squatting on the sandy floor within a low cement wall enclosure, which was surrounded by soldiers and some civilians. In that same batch, the woman was being carried in the arms of a soldier, with her face swollen and plaster covering different parts of her body. She was also partially clothed.
In the more recent photos, however, the girl was fully clothed, standing against a wall and looking into the camera. The woman was also standing straight beside what appeared to be a hospital bed, she was fully-clothed, but her face still appeared slightly swollen with dressing on her forehead. The woman identified herself as Aishatu Usman, a 35-year-old mother of two.
The Nigerian government, by Tuesday afternoon, had already informed the MMF that the girl had clearly identified herself as Maryam Alhaji Wakeel, 12-year-old, originally from Maiduguri but abducted from Bama when the town was overrun by Boko Haram a year ago.
However, the identification process was still carried out to lay to rest any claims that the girl was one of the 219 girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok on April 14, 2014. Mr Nkeki, Mallam Zana and Mrs Galang confirmed that the girl and the woman did not fit the description of any of the missing girls from Chibok.
“We have also made arrangements for other stakeholders to view the photos at the MMF office in Abuja, as we are yet to ascertain how the girl came to describe herself as one of the missing Chibok girls,” the statement read. The identity of the girl notwithstanding, the MMF has informed the Nigerian government of its willingness to continue to pursue the matter, and was willing to provide the captured girl and woman any support they may require.
Both Maryam Alhaji Wakeel and Aishatu Usman, the government said, had been handed over to the Nigerian military on Wednesday evening and are currently on their way back to the country.