Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi School girl still in the hands of Boko-haram captives was being speculated by an online media platform, quoting BBC Hausa service, that Leah had regained her freedom and was on her way to reunite with her parents. But in a swift reaction, the father of Leah, Mr Nathan Sharibu has debunked the rumours that her daughter had been released.
Mr Sharibu made this disclosure to ascertain the true position of developments journalists, describing the purported release of Leah as an imagination of the originators of the story
“ I will urge all 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 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”
“On how Leah’s Mother, Rebecca was coping with the situation, Sharibu said she was better off compared to when the incident first happened, calling on federal Government to hasten the process of Leah’s return so that she could be reunited with the family.
Meanwhile, blood and tears flowed yesterday in Kogi and Borno as scores of its inhabitants was killed whilst some Chibok parents got involved in an accident killing one and left others injured in an accident.
The developments in Borno was said to be an accident involving Chibokgirls parent that was said to be coming from yola where they went to visits their daughters in American University of Nigeria (AUN) in yola and as they were coming back home, an Accident occurred as one of the Chibok parents is said to have died whilst others are inflicted with various degrees of injuries.
The Police public relation officer could not be reached for confirmation as at press time
Similarly, the police in Lokoja confirmed the death of 10 persons when gunmen invaded Kpanche community in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Janga, told journalists that death toll include five residents of the community and five of the assailants killed during a crossfire with security agents.
He said the bandits invaded the sleepy agrarian community in the early hours of yesterday but were quickly repelled by a combined team of policemen and soldiers.
“Yes, five lives were lost in the village but operatives of the police mobile force and soldiers repelled them and succeeded in killing five bandits and recovered some weapons. So far, normalcy has been restored in the area,” Janga said
According to him, five houses an unspecified number of vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles and other properties were torched by the bandits.
He said security agents would remain on the ground in Kpanche while a full investigation into the incident had commenced.
In another attack in the Borno restive town of Bama, at least four people including two suicide bombers were killed and eight others injured.
Police said two female suicide bombers entered a mosque at Ajilari area, at 5:40 am while worshippers were observing their prayers, yesterday.
“Two female suicide bombers infiltrated into Ajilari area in Bama town, Bama Local Government and launched a suicide bomb attack on residents observing morning (Asuba) prayers.
“They detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and two other male victims. Eight other persons were injured and were rushed to a hospital for treatment,” Police Public Relations Officer, Edet Okon disclosed in a statement.
He said the police have deployed personnel of the Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) and mobile policemen to the area. He urged the people to be more vigilant.
Bama, Borno second largest town located about 67 Kilometers to Maiduguri fell into the insurgents’ hands in July 2014 forcing thousands of residents to flee to Maiduguri for refuge at camps for displaced persons.
The town was liberated from Boko Haram by the military early 2015 but residents could not return until three weeks ago due to massive destruction of homes, public building and infrastructure by the insurgents.