A report has emerged that the schoolgirl who was abducted by Boko Haram over three years ago in Dapchi, Yobe State, Leah Sharibu, has given birth to a second child in captivity.
Recall that Leah was held back by the terrorist group for not renouncing his Christian faith and was forced to marry a top commander of the group.
Leah was among 110 girls, aged between 11 and 19 years, which the terrorists abducted from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, on February 19, 2018.
Convener of the US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, said in a statement that “despite an offer by an American pastor last month to surrender himself in exchange for Leah’s freedom, there has been no tangible response from her captors.”
“That notwithstanding, intelligence received on the status of Leah indicates that she has delivered a second child in captivity.”
“While we have not corroborated this by multiple sources, a usually knowledgeable source indicated that she delivered a second child late last year. This means both children were born in 2020, as the terrorists announced her childbirth earlier in 2020. We are still investigating this.”
To commemorate the March 21 third anniversary of the release of the Dapchi girls returned by their captors and “abandonment of Leah Sharibu”, the US group, in its commemorative statement, said, “until she is released, Leah remains a poster child and symbol of a failed state that can’t protect its children.”
The group also lamented the “full-scale onslaught on education in Nigeria by Islamist extremists: Boko Haram wars against education; bandits mass kidnap of children in school; and religious violence against Christian mission school owners in Ilorin over hijab controversy.”
In another development, the Nigerian Military has declared that the town of Dikwa, located in the central part of Borno State, is not yet safe for habitation by civilians.
The Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Shafa made the submission on Monday in Abuja while speaking at the two-day Northeast Symposium on Reconciliation, Resettlement and Reintegration organized by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.