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Nigerian town awaits release of Christian girl held by Boko Haram

Nigerian town awaits release of Christian girl held by Boko Haram

Last Wednesday the insurgents returned 104 of the schoolgirls, but refused to release Sharibu.

Residents of the Nigerian town of Dapchi were hoping Sunday for the release of the last schoolgirl, who is also a Christian, from among a group of more than 100 kidnapped and released by Islamists, following encouraging indications from authorities.

110 students (all girls) were abducted from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, in Yobe state on February 19, 2018.

He said he had been scheduled to travel to Dapchi but shelved the trip so as not to jeopardize her release.

He stated that he learnt Leah Sharibu, the christian SS1 student who was held back for refusing to renounce her religion, might be released today.

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

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"The statement of the IGP was misunderstood and misquoted".

The Inspector General of PoliceIbrahim Idris has said that the remaining Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, who was not released because she refused to convert to Islam, is on her way back home.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on Saturday, March 24, confirmed that Sharibu's release is imminent.

Speaking at the gathering, the member representing Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Yunusari and Dapchi at the House of Representatives, Bukar Goni, informed the gathering that all the students were found to be in good health condition and thanked the President, the Yobe state governor and all Nigerians for their support throughout the period of their captivity.

While noting that the quick return of the Dapchi Muslim girls was dictated by their faith, YOWICAN declared: "it is clear to us, Christian communities in Nigeria, that the abduction of school girls is targeted primarily at Christians".


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