- A family friend has denied the report that Leah Sharibu has regained freedom
- She said Leah is still in the custody of her abductors
- She urged Nigerians to keep praying for the teenager's safety
Gloria Samdi Puldu, a senior lecturer in the department of Political Science, University of Jos, has denied the reports circulated across the cyber space that Leah Sahribu, an abducted schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram in February, 2018, has regained her freedom.
Contrary to the reports, Puldu, who also doubles as a family friend to Sharibu family, insisted that the teenager is still in the captivity of of her abductors, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Leah was abducted by the dreadful Boko Haram terrorists along with other 109 schoolgirls of Dapchi Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state.
It also reported that while other girls regained their freedom, Leah was held back because she vehemently refused to change her Christianity faith.
With calls across different religious quarters appealing to the federal government to ensure that Leah must be freed from her abductors, reports surfaced on social media on Thursday, October 4, claiming that the girl has been released and kept at headquarters of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Jos.
But debunking the claim while asked by the journalist if the girl has regained her freedom, Puldu denied the reports, saying they are spurious lie in the face of fact.
She said: “Just forget about them, it’s not true, there is nothing like that; ignore them, it is all rumours, that is all. I think the speculation came into effect because of the assurance by President Muhammadu Buhari after he has spoken with her mother that Leah Sharibu will be released soon. We should just keep praying that it becomes true; that is all."
Another person, Para-Mallam described the reports as wild and misleading.
He said: “It has come to our notice that some groups and individuals have been spreading the false news that Leah Sharibu has been released and currently in Jos.
"For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby wish to categorically state that Leah Sharibu has not yet been released. Our consistent hope and prayer is that she should be released as soon as possible.
“I’m issuing this statement as a very close friend of the Sharibu family who has been and is still in very close contact with them, that as at this morning (8:00 am Friday, October 5 2018), these wild and misleading reports about her release are false and should be disregarded.
"Please let us continue to pray for Leah and her release, her family and Nigeria as a whole. Thank you and God bless.”
It has been seven months Leah was abducted by Boko Haram sect in Dapchi.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had warned the federal government not to allow Leah Sharibu die in captivity, to avert religious crisis in Nigeria.
The special assistant on media and communications to CAN president, Adebayo Oladeji, on Friday, May 18, in an exclusive interview, said CAN would not stop to agitate for the release of the schoolgirl, adding that her death could spell doom for the country as she was being detained because of her religious inclination.
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