Nigeria Confirms Ceasefire Talks With Boko Haram

Phillip Cunningham
March 27, 2018

Sharibu was among 110 students abducted from Dapchi Government Secondary School in Yobe state on February 19 and is still being held captive by Boko Haram even after 104 others were released last week Wednesday.

But for Ali Gashomu, the kidnap of his daughter just hours after she was enrolled at the school for the first time had left him "traumatised and terrified" and undecided about whether she should return.

But in a backtrack on Sunday, Moshood said the IGP was misunderstood.

"So far, a total of 107 persons, comprising 105 Dapchi schoolgirls and the two non-students have been released by the insurgents", he said.

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.

Buhari on Friday pledged to do "everything in our power" to obtain Leah's freedom.

While speaking with reporters on Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno state, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), was quoted as saying the insurgents will release Sharibu on Saturday.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Yobe state police command denied media reports that they were informed hours before the abduction of over 100 girls in Dapchi community by Boko Haram terrorists. "The IGP could not also proceed to Dapchi because of same weather condition", he stated. She also spoke about her central role in facilitating the release of the other Dapchi girls.

"We believe the news of the girl's release is true because the body language of the security personnel, police and military, indicates the girl is on her way home", said another resident, Tijjani Goni.

Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted schools giving a so-called Western education in the mainly-Muslim region as part of an insurgency that has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million since 2009.

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