The father of Leah, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity, Nathan Sharibu, on Saturday, debunked rumours that his daughter had been released.

Sharibu described the purported release of Leah as an imagination of the originators of the story.

On Friday night, online platforms, quoting BBC Hausa Service, broke the news that Leah had regained her freedom and was on her way to reunite with her parents.

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But speaking, Sharibu dismissed the rumour and urged those behind the story to stop creating confusion with fake news of Leah’s release.

He said, “Leah is not back yet, but we are praying and hoping that God will grant her freedom someday.

“I want to appeal to social media handlers to stop confusing us with fake news about Leah’s release.

“I know the traffic they generate with headlines about Leah, but such headlines should be authentic and not mere rumour.”