Remaining Dapchi schoolgirl on her way back – IGP

Leah Sharibu

The Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim says the remaining Dapchi student, Leah Sharibu, who was not released along with her classmates is on her way back home.

The IGP confirmed this on Saturday in an interview with journalists at the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri where he visited the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole.

He said he had been scheduled to travel to Dapchi but shelved the trip so as not to jeopardize her release.

Leah was reportedly held back for refusing to denounce her Christian faith while in captivity but the government promised to do everything possible to secure her release just like the rest.

The Yobe state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had also urged the Federal Government to do all it can to secure her release.

110 students (all girls) were abducted from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, in Yobe state on February 19, 2018.

However, after negotiations, 104 of them and two other abductees – a boy and a girl, were released on March 21.

Unfortunately, five of the girls were said to have died as a result of the trauma while in captivity.

The freed children were subsequently flown to Abuja where they met with the President, Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.

The President encouraged them to pursue their dreams without fear regardless of the traumatic experience.

He assured them of their security and that efforts are on to also secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and other Nigerians in captivity of the terrorists.

Furthermore, he noted that the development which he described as “cheering and hearty” signified the commitment of his administration to the security and well-being of all Nigerians.

The President also recalled his visit to Yobe State on Wednesday last week during which he sympathised with the parents, families, and people of the state on the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.

He added that he had made a solemn pledge “on my word of honour” that the Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure their unconditional release of the girls.

“We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of this administration – security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government,” President Buhari avowed.

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