June 22, 2018

IGP's Comment On Dapchi Christian Girl Misunderstood - Police Spokesman

27 March 2018, 06:56 | Franklin Nunez

The campaign to free the school girls captured by Boko Haram achieved global attentionAZEEZ AKUNLEYAN AP

The campaign to free the school girls captured by Boko Haram achieved global attention

Also in a chat with Blueprint, father of the yet to be released Dapchi school Girl, Nathan Sharibu, refuted media claim that his daughter Leah had been released by the insurgents.

Five of the students were said to have died due to the nature of the journey as one of the rescued girls recounted.

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.

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

"I am supposed to go to Dapchi today, let me be honest with you but because of the girl (Leah Sharibu) that I learnt here will be released today", he said.

According to witnesses contacted by AFP, the girls were held on an island on Lake Chad, which is a known stronghold for fighters loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi.

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"As of 3pm, we heard that they were 20 kilometres from Dapchi", a resident who pleaded anonymity was quoted as saying.

"The insurgents brought the girls back to the location of the kidnapping themselves as an apparent gesture of goodwill, following relentless efforts by the Government to find long-lasting solutions to the conflict". Some people are jubilating but many have abandoned their homes out of fear. "Those guys are lunatics".

While noting that the quick return of the Dapchi Muslim girls was dictated by their faith, YOWICAN declared: "it is clear to us, Christian communities in Nigeria, that the abduction of school girls is targeted primarily at Christians".

Following negotiations with the Federal Government, the terrorists freed 104 of them and two other abductees - a boy and a girl.

After their release on Wednesday they had spent three days in the national capital Abuja and were greeted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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