IGP Idris Recants Statement About Leah Sharibu, Says He Was 'Misunderstood'

Nigeria Gov’t seeks Boko Haram ceasefire

Sharibu was said to have been held back because she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam.

"As I have said at many fora, we neither paid ransom nor swapped any Boko Haram member to secure the release of the girls".

Some of the newly-released Dapchi schoolgirls are pictured in Jumbam village, Yobe State, Nigeria March 21, 2018.

Just one day ago, Aisha Wakil, commonly referred to as Mama Boko Haram, had revealed that Miss Sharibu would be released soon.

Idris said he cancelled a visit to Dapchi to avoid any "security hitch" in the town before Leah's arrival, without providing further details.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency intervene for the immediate release of the girl.

However, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, Jimoh Moshood, the force spokesman, denied having any information about Sharibu's release, saying the IG was misunderstood.

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Five of the schoolgirls kidnapped in mid-February died during the ordeal, and one Christian girl remains in captivity.

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.

The Dapchi kidnapping revived painful memories in Nigeria of the April 2014 abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, a town also in the northeast, which caused global outrage.

Authorities earlier expressed optimism that she would be released at the weekend. What if they decide to abduct more people.

The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that a pure water seller who was kidnapped alongside the Dapchi schoolgirls was among those released by the insurgents.

While a 2015 offensive launched by Buhari successfully reclaimed swathes of territory back from the jihadists in Nigeria, the group still stages deadly attacks on both military targets and civilians.

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