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Nigeria still committed to rescue abducted Dapchi school girl

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Abuja, Nigeria, August 31 (Infosplusgabon) – The Nigerian Presidency on Saturday said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is still committed to the safe return of Leah Sharibu, a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, who was kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram terrorists in February 2018.


Presidential Spokesperson Malam Garba Shehu told journalists in Nigeria’s capital Abuja that “instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.”


Reacting to worries and cycle of speculations in Nigeria on whether Sharibu, had been killed by her abductors, Shehu said that much of what is written about the girl in the press is false news.


According to the Presidential Spokesperson, “lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP (Islamic State in West African Province), to secure the release of Leah Sharibu. Contrary to false reports, she is alive - given assurances from our security agencies-, and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.


“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment. With the abduction of loved family and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.


“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques. Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation.”



Appealing for patience in dealing with the challenge this case poses, the Presidential spokesman assured that the administration is fully conscious that any misstep on a delicate issue as this can be costly.






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