BBOG Wants DNA Test Conducted On Arrested Girl-Child Bomber

BBOG Wants DNA Test Conducted On Arrested Girl-Child Bomber
…says she is a credible intelligence source to whereabouts of Chibok girls
Chris Steven,  Abuja
The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) advocacy group championing the call for the rescue of 219 abducted Chibok Secondary Schools by Boko Haram about two years ago has said that the news ‎of an arrested girl-child suicide bomber in Cameroon who identified herself as one of our abducted Chibok girls should serve as a credible source of intelligence to the federal government about the whereabouts of the girls. 

The BBOG argued that the Nigerian government as a matter of urgency, needs to swiftly act to ascertain the facts of this matter and make them public noting that  it was getting to 24 hours since the news broke.

“We need to know her name and identity, her parents’ names, where she is from, possibly extract DNA samples for quick testing and matching, etc.” it said
‎The BBOG in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday to respond to the news of the girl-child suicide bomber who claimed to be one of the missing Chibok girls said it has requested for official information from the Nigerian government about the true identity of the said girl.  

“We received news yesterday Friday 25 March, of an arrested girl-child suicide bomber in Cameroon who identified herself as one of our abducted Chibok girls.

We are presently unable to respond to this news conclusively until we have facts from the Nigerian government; from whom we requested and have eagerly been awaiting official information on the matter, BBOG said in the statement

The advocacy group however said the claim by the young woman that she is a Chibok girl should reawaken the Nigerian government to the zeal and commitment necessary for ensuring that they are rescued and brought back.

It said the development suggests that “we now have a possible source of credible intelligence as to what transpired, where the others are, and other leads required to facilitate their rescue”. 

The statement which was jointly signed by the trio of Dr. Oby Ezekwezili, Aisha Yesufu and Hadiza  Bala Usman noted that the BBOG’s thoughts and sentiments remain the same regardless of whether she is one of the missing Chibok girls or not.

“This should be a wake up call to the Nigerian government to adopt and utilise our citizens-developed tool the Verification, Authentication, and Reunification System (VARS) designed by our movement for such scenarios as these.
This tool was accepted by the federal government on 8 July 2015 during our meeting with the president, but has not been deployed.

Likewise, the Missing Persons Register which would have been useful in tracking this young victim in order to commence her rehabilitation, reunification, and reintegration process with her family and community”, it said

It also lamented that using children, girls who should be in school (or any humans at all) as suicide bombers is not only tragic and cruel but  completely reprehensible. 

“These children suicide bombers are themselves victims, and must be seen and treated as such;

We all must hasten to free all those in captivity. For as long as they are with the monsters, we all are ourselves unsafe and equally in captivity. 

A few weeks ago, a girl suicide bomber did not detonate her device at an IDP camp because she knew her family was most likely in that camp, and she could not kill them,” it said