Leah Sharibu: Dad says he’s yet to hear from daughter

Hours after Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said Christian Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, has been released by Boko Haram insurgents, her father says he has not seen or heard from her.

The BBC Hausa Service reports that security forces confirmed to Nathan Sharibu that Leah was released and was on her way to Dapchi to meet with her parents on Saturday.

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris also said in Maiduguri that Leah was to be released on Saturday.

But Nathan Sharibu told the BBC Hausa Service that Leah has not been handed over to him and what he had heard was upsetting him.

According to him, the government and security forces did not contact him to inform him about his daughter’s condition.

“Nobody was contacting me, I did not talk to anyone, no one told me about the situation,” he said.

Mr Nathan Sharibu appealed to the Nigerian government to ensure that his daughter was released and allowed to meet him “because this would only keep my mind at rest.”

On 19 February 2018, Boko Haram militants attacked Dapchi town and kidnapped 110 of the girls.

Last Wednesday, 106 of the Dapchi girls were released along with another lady and man but Leah Sharibu was held back by the insurgents reportedly because she refused to denounce Christianity and accept Islam.

Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, despite pleas from her classmates to pretend to do so.

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari told the freed Dapchi girls that he was committed to get Leah Sharibu also freed.

At first, the Yobe state government said all the women had escaped, but subsequently dismissed the request and appealed to their parents.

On Saturday, the Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim said Federal Government of Nigeria had reached a breakthrough in securing Leah Sharibu‘s release and she was on her way back home.

This was in an interview with journalists at the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri where he visited the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole.

Idris Ibrahim said he had been scheduled to travel to Dapchi but shelved the trip so as not to jeopardize Leah Sharibu’s release.

President Buhari has admitted the kidnap was a major disaster in the country.

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