Leah Sharibu Will Be Our 'Slave For Life' - Boko Haram
The splinter group of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), says it will keep Leah Sharibu as a slave for life.
It was a decision announced in a statement released after it killed an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Hauwa Leman, an act it said was a sign that it keeps its words.
Leah was taken from a school in Dapchi in February, but was kept behind when over 100 other girls were returned to the community a month after they were taken because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
On Monday, October 15, however, the group killed Leman and threatened to keep Sharibu as a slave for life.
In the statement, ISWAP said that it would also keep Alice Ngaddah, a Christian who works with UNICEF, as a slave.
“From today Sharibu and Ngaddah are now our slaves," ISWAP said.
Sharibu is 15 while Ngaddah is a mother of two.
“Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them," the group further said.
This is coming weeks after Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, filed an action at the Federal High Court in Lagos, claiming 500 million Naira damages.
Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who had been held in captivity since February 19, 2018.
In the suit jointly filed with Daniel David Kadzai and a United States-based Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, demanded for that amount as a compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by Leah since her abduction in February 2018.
A copy of the court processes was made available to journalists on Tuesday in Jos, Plateau State capital.
Also joined in the suit dated September 19, 2018, with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18, were the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
After reports on this suit were published, President Buhari called Mrs Sharibu, assuring her that his administration would do everything it would take to bring her daughter back home.
But before that call, a spokesman for president Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, had said on national television that only God could tell when Sharibu would return.
Now Boko Haram says she will be a slave for life.
She is not the only girl that has remained in the captivity of the dissident group since their push for an Islamic State in the northeast began over eight years ago.
Some girls taken from their school's dormitory in Chibok, Borno State have remained with the group which said at some point that they had been married off.
Less than 120 out of the over 200 girls taken have returned.
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