BREAKING NEWS: Leah Sharibu Gives Birth To Baby Boy For Top Boko Haram Commander, Forced To Convert To Islam

Kidnap victim, Leah Sharibu

The source said Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith, was forced to accept Islam before being married to a top commander of the terror group.

Leah Sheribu, a Christian girl kidnapped and held in Boko Haram captivity for over one year, has given birth to a baby boy.

Leah was delivered of the baby a few weeks ago following her forceful marriage to a top Boko Haram commander, according to a reliable source close to the terror group.

The source said Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith, was forced to accept Islam before being married to a top commander of the terror group.

Leah was among dozens of girls seized from a school in Adamawa State by Boko Haram fighters two years ago. (Sahara Reporters)

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Buhari Doesn’t Bother Paying Terrorists To Secure Girls’ Freedom – Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina



Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says only God can say when abducted Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, will be released by Boko Haram.

Adesina said this on Tuesday during a live programme on Channels Television.

He said, “For how much longer? I think that question can only be answered by God but I believe God is interested in that young girl and will ensure that she is preserved and at least by the time that clip is verified, one will be sure that it is her actually and once that is determined, we should all be glad that she is alive. When will she return? By the grace of God, the government is working on it and we believe she will be back.”

The President’s spokesman said Buhari saw nothing wrong in paying terrorists ransom.

He said if need be, he would pay ransom to secure the release of persons in captivity.

Adesina, however, faulted a report by the United Nations that some money was paid for the release of some Dapchi girls, insisting that the organisation got its facts wrong.

He added, “One thing we should always remember as Nigerians is that early in the life of the administration, the President had said on the Chibok girls before the Dapchi incident happened that whatever it took to rescue them, he would do, including paying. He is on record to have said that.

“It baffles me each time that controversy comes up. I remember the President said in 2015 that we would get these girls back even if it meant paying. So, if a President of the country has made that declaration, what then is the fuss?

“Payments are made all over the world even though countries may never admit.”

When asked how long it would take for security agencies to verify the authenticity of the audio clip released on Monday in which Sharibu was heard pleading for her rescue, Adesina said he could not say but it should not take long.

“It is within the purview of the Department of State Services to do that but it should not take long Left to the President, he wants her back today,” he added.

On whether the Presidency was keeping in touch with the family of the abducted girl, Adesina argued that it was not the responsibility of the President.

He maintained that it ought to be the job of the local government chairman or the state government under whose jurisdiction the abduction took place.

The President’s spokesman also said it was the duty of Non-Governmental Organisations to provide succour to the families of abducted persons but sadly many of them preferred to politicise matters and engage in protests.

Adesina added, “I expect the Yobe State Government to be in touch with the family to grant her some succour. It is not purely a Presidency matter. In Nigeria,  people expect the Presidency to do everything. The local government and state government should be in touch with the family.

“That is why you have NGOs. They should do this instead of engaging in agitations and politicising the matter. Those NGOs and agencies and organisations can also do something for the families.”

Asked to speak on the alleged forgery of a National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the President’s spokesman said the NYSC should be given ample time to conduct a proper investigation.

“It is not how long but how well,” he said when asked why the investigation was taking long.

Asked if the Presidency shared the view of the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), that Adeosun could hold a government position without undergoing the mandatory NYSC exercise,  Adesina responded in the negative.

He said Sagay expressed a personal opinion.

The President’s spokesman, however, said Sagay’s input was not needed in this case as the matter did not border on corruption.

Adesina added, “It is his personal opinion. It was a personal comment. It is not the position of the government and Prof. Sagay has a right to his opinion.

“It will not be Prof. Sagay’s position to advise on that matter because it is not a corruption matter so to speak.”

In her reaction, however, a former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, berated Adesina for smiling while speaking on the abduction of Sharibu and for also failing to give precise answers.

Ezekwesili, who is the Co-Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, said this in a series of tweets on her official Twitter handle.

“Who else listened to the President’s media aide Femi Adesina, find anything worthy to laugh about while speaking about abducted children and their parents?

“A spokesperson that never has facts on hot-button issues — ‘I believe’, “I expect’, ‘some agency not presidency’. Na REAL wa (sic).”  (Punch)

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Aisha Alhassan Denies News Of Her Threatening To Expose El-Rufai |RN


– Minister of Women Affairs reacts to fake news circulating that she claimed El-Rufai has something to do with the kidnap of Chibok girls
– She debunked the news as totally untrue and a plot to cause dispute between her and other APC members
The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has reacted to the fake news circulating in some online media that Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has a hand in the kidnap of Chibok girls.
Alhassan is being accused by some online media of saying the Kaduna governor is involved in the Chibok girls kidnap.
The minister said the news that she claimed that the Kaduna governor knows something about the 2014 kidnap of over 200 secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno state, was totally untrue.
Alhassan, in a series of tweets, said the fake news was from enemies trying to plot a seed of discord between her and other members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Her tweets read: “The attention of the Minister Of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan has been drawn to a statement allegedly made by her against Governor Nasir Elrufai.
“The statement allegedly made by her is another ploy by mischief makers to tarnish her hard earned reputation.
“The current APC government under President Buhari inherited series of problems from the past administration, the kidnap of the Chibok girls by the dreaded Boko Haram happens to be one of them and President Buhari and our military have been able to rescue some of them and checked Boko Haram’s excesses.
“Senator Jummai is not in possession of any security report and therefore will never have made the statement allegedly made by her against the person of Governor El Rufai.
“Boko Haram kidnapped many others, including women and children apart from Chibok Girls. And this government has been able to rescue most of them.
“The plot to cause bad blood between Senator Jummai and her APC will continue to hit the brick wall.  (

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Maida Yakubu, The Kidnapped Chibok Girl Who Vowed Never To Return Home

■ Mum in shock, falls sick
■ Community leaders say Maida, others under duress


Maida Yakubu, the girl who spoke defiantly cuddling an assault rifle in a recent video released by Boko Haram and vowing not to return home was among the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents at a government school in Chibok town, Borno State on April 14, 2014.
Maida was about 14 years old  when she was kidnapped with other girls, sources said. Those who knew her years back in her neighborhood at Chibok said she was dutiful, very shy and hardly participated  in long discussions among her peers at school except with her parents and siblings whenever she returned from school. But all these appeared to have disappeared from her psyche  in  last Saturday’s  video released  by Boko Haram as she held an assault rifle declaring her preference to stay with Boko Haram.
Unlike the 82 others who were released through negotiation with the insurgents on May 6, Maida with three other Chibok girls in the video vowed never to return home, claiming to have found love with the Boko Haram evil  cause.
“We don’t want to return to our parents,” the four girls in black veils declared in Hausa in the video after they were introduced by a Boko Haram functionary  as the Chibok girls that refused to return home. When asked by the Boko Haram man coordinating what appeared like an interview session in the video, Maida who was christened Dorcas said  “Our parents are not doing the wish of Allah and we want them to follow us. We don’t want to go back,” while urging her parents to convert to Islam. This came barely two weeks after she and other kidnapped Chibok girls in another video obviously recorded by Boko Haram, begged for their release. The sudden change of Maida’s position and her appearance with an AK 47, Sunday Sun gathered, shocked her mum as she fell sick.
“Maida’s mum is in shock over that video. She is worried like most of us, because Maida  was  an introvert of sorts. We were surprised to see her talking defiantly and  even holding an AK 47  in the video. That was not the Maida we knew; these people (Boko Haram) have charmed her,” said one community leader who didn’t want his name mentioned in the report. The source said relations and family friends of Mr and Mrs Yakubu have resorted to prayers since the release of the video last weekend.
However, Mrs Esther Yakubu, Maida’s  mum told Sunday Sun on phone  that she hasn’t watched the video. “I haven’t watched the video. I am just hearing about it  from people and I can’t say anything until I have watched it. Unfortunately, I am not feeling well now.” She would not also oblige our  request  to speak on her feeling, maintaining “I am not feeling okay” and  hung up.
Maina Chibok who equally expressed worry about the development maintained the girls appeared in the video under duress. “The feeling among our people in Chibok is that the girls in that video were under duress. They’ve said few weeks ago they wanted to be released. They even begged government to secure their release so why would these four   now turn back to say they don’t want to go back home?Our daughters have been under certain influence,” he reiterated.
Some residents of Maiduguri urged government not to give up until  the remaining  girls are rescued. “We should not lose hope, these girls will still change and want to return home. They are just being deceived by the insurgents anti-Islam teaching and have probably been  cajoled with gifts,” Abdulraham Mustapha, an Islamic scholar said.       (The Sun)

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Freed Chibok Girls To Meet Parents Friday, Suspected Girl Bomber Recounts Ordeal

82 Freed Chibok girls with Buhari, SGF, The Republican News

The recently freed Chibok girl pose for photo in Aso Villawith President Muhammadu Buhari and others

Eniola Akinkuotu, Olaleye Aluko with agency

A 14-year-old female suspected suicide bomber has said Boko Haram leaders chose her to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, because she rejected the marriage proposals of their members in Sambisa Forest.

Also, the troops of the Nigerian Army, under Forward Operation Base, Fika, Yobe State, have arrested four suspected Boko Haram kidnappers in Mundu village in the Yuga area of the state.

The PUNCH learnt that the suspected Boko Haram members – 25-year-old Yahaya Auta; Salisu Lawal, 20; Umar Mohammed, 18; and Samaila Abubakar, whose age was not known – were apprehended after a tip-off and found to be in possession of several ammunition.

However, the girl suicide bomber was among three suspects arrested by the military when they allegedly came for a suicide mission at a military facility in Jakana in Maiduguri.

The suspect (name withheld because she is a minor) told the News Agency of Nigeria that she was sent on the mission to detonate the device because she refused marriage proposals from three Boko Haram terrorists.

The suspect said she was abducted with her father, Usman, by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State, in 2013.

She stated that she and her father were running to Mandara Mountain for safety when they were abducted.

The teenager added, “I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram. Three different Boko Haram (terrorists) had proposed to marry me and I refused. Two among them were commanders (amir).

“When I refused for the third time, one of the commanders became furious and threatened to kill me and my father. I told him I would rather die than marry a Boko Haram (terrorist).

“So, after one week, they said since I have refused to get married, I should be taken to Maiduguri for a suicide mission. So, three of them held my hands and they injected me.

“Then, I never knew what was happening again.

“Ï was taken to a herbalist, who, after I regained consciousness, told me that I had  been with him for 30 days.

“He told me he was preparing me for a mission. So, he gave me some water to drink. I don’t know what it tasted like but I drank it. So, he said they would come and pick me today.

“At about 7pm, three Boko Haram (members) came with a male and a female. They were also recruited for the mission like me.

“We spent one and a half days on the road to Maiduguri. It was when we got to Maiduguri that they strapped the bombs to our bodies. At that moment, I knew that I was going to die; so I started crying.

”I was watching when the first bomber, a female, detonated her explosive close to a military checkpoint, which killed no one but herself. The second, a male, was killed by the military before he could detonate his.

“At that time, something told me to remove my own IED and surrender, which I did.  I was surrounded by soldiers and policemen and I fainted.

”When I woke up, I discovered that one of the policemen at the checkpoint was a brother of my mother. I think that was the reason I survived.”

Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the suspects were being de-radicalised at a military detention facility.

“We have quite a number of them here in our facility. We have been profiling them and making them feel comfortable.

“So far, from their testimonies, they usually tell us that they were brainwashed by some sort of charms to commit suicide,” Irabor said.

According to the army, the weapons recovered from the four Boko Haram kidnap gang are one locally-made six-loader single barrelled gun, one empty cartridge, two machetes, a knife, two mobile phones, two packets of Tramadol tablets and N360,000.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspects were currently undergoing investigation.

He said, “Troops deployed at Forward Operation Base, Yuga, on blocking position, on Sunday, following a tip-off from well-meaning individuals, ambushed and arrested four suspected kidnappers at Mundu village.

“Also, troops of Forward Operation Base, Fika, on routine patrol, on Sunday, arrested a suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorist, Bala Ibrahim, 30.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect hails from Bulabulin village in the Fika LGA. He is being further interrogated.”

Parents to meet 82 Chibok girls on Friday

The Federal Government has invited parents of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls, who were released penultimate weekend by Boko Haram, to Abuja where they will be re-united with their daughters, The PUNCH has learnt.

The Chairman, Chibok Community in Abuja, Mr. Hosea Tsambido, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday.

Some Chibok representatives, who met with the Federal Government last week, were given photographs of the girls while the representatives handed over the pictures of the released girls to the parents in Chibok for identification.

It was learnt that the concerned parents had been able to identify the girls and were therefore asked to come to Abuja to meet the girls on Friday.

Tsambido stated, “Many of the parents have identified their children through the photos and I was told that they are coming on Friday.”

When asked if the Federal Government would be sponsoring the trip, Tsambido said, “I don’t know. What the parents told me was that they were asked to come on Friday. I didn’t ask if the government would sponsor the trip but usually, the government sponsors such trips.”

One of the guardians of the rescued girls, Yahi Dwata, also confirmed to The PUNCH that the Federal Government had asked the parents to come on Friday,

Dwata, whose niece, Comfort Bulus, is among the rescued girls, said, “It is true. I have received word from parents in Chibok that the government asked them to come on Friday. I will also be in Abuja on Friday.”

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who is coordinating the rehabilitation of the Chibok girls, could not be reached on the telephone as she did not return calls to her telephone while she had yet to respond to a text message as of the time of filing this report.

Trumps stops UNFPA funding, girls rehabilitation may suffer

Also, the rehabilitation of the schoolgirls may suffer a setback following a directive by the United States Government to stop the funding of the United Nations Population Fund.

The UNFPA is a UN agency which focuses on curbing child marriage, unwanted pregnancies and also provides supplies and services to victims.

The agency had, last week, pledged to “provide emergency reproductive health care and psychosocial counselling and support” to the recently rescued girls.

However, UNFPA’s Deputy Representative in Nigeria, Eugene Kongnyuy, said the funding cuts had already hurt the agency’s ability to help kidnapped women and girls recover after being freed by Boko Haram.

Kongnyuy was quoted as saying this during an interview with Karen Attiah, The Washington Post’s Global Opinions Editor.

In the article, which was published in the US-based newspaper on Friday, Kongnyuy said, “We receive less funds so our capacity to respond now is limited.

“The United States used to contribute funding to our regular resources. This year we requested $1m from the US government for our gender-based violence program in the North-East, and initially it was approved.

“A few days ago, we were informed that the funding would not come. We could have used that money to respond quicker to the needs of the recently released girls.”  (

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JUST IN: 82 Chibok Schoolgirls Released By Boko Haram Islamist Terror Group (Video)

By Stephanie Busari and Kelly McCleary, CNN

  • The freed girls will soon be transferred to Abuja for medical checks
  • They are believed to be among the 276 abducted in 2014

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) – Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls have been released after successful negotiations between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, according to a government official close to the negotiations.

The source, who is not authorized to speak on the record about the release, told CNN the freed girls are in military custody in Banki, a town in northeast Nigeria.
They will be transferred to the capital, Abuja, where they will have medical checks and be reunited with their families.
They are believed to be among the 276 girls, ages 16 to 18, forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in April 2014. The kidnapping from a boarding school in the town of Chibok sparked global outrage and the social media movement #BringBackOurGirls.
“I am very, very excited with this development. I cannot even sleep tonight,” said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped.
Galang said they don’t yet know who has been released, “but we’re very happy that many have been freed.”
“I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls,” she added.
As many as 57 girls escaped almost immediately after the mass abduction.
The next kidnapped girl wasn’t found until May 2016, when she wandered out of a Nigerian forest asking for help, according to witnesses.
Another 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls were handed over to authorities in October 2016. The release was the result of a series of negotiations, Nigerian government said at the time.

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Negotiations Ongoing To Free Remaining Kidnapped Chibok Girls, Says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari

Adelani Adepegba and Ade Adesomoju

The International Federation of Female Lawyers, Nigeria chapter, also known as FIDA Nigeria, on Thursday, commended the management of the Federal Road Safety Corps for recalling its Rivers State Sector Commander, Mr. Ayodele Kumapayi, to Abuja.

Kumapayi reportedly cut off some female officers’ branded hair with a pair of scissors as a disciplinary measure.

In a statement by its National President/Country Vice-President, Mrs. Inime Aguma, the group said the immediate recall of Kumapayi, pending investigation into the incident, was commendable.

The photos, which started trending late on Monday, show a man identified as Kumapayi, using a pair of scissors to cut the braided hair of some FRSC female officials.

The incident reportedly happened during the morning parade when Kumapayi went round to inspect his officers and men.

Reacting to the development, FIDA Nigeria stated that while it was not against the disciplining of erring officers, doing so in a manner capable of undermining the dignity of women was unacceptable.

The statement added, “Whilst FIDA Nigeria recognises the essence of discipline and adherence to rules of professional ethics within professional structures, we condemn in strongest possible terms, acts such as that executed by the Sector Commander which have the effect of undermining the dignity of women.”

Meanwhile, a Non Governmental Organisation, FAME Foundation, has called on the Federal Government to sanction Kumapayi for gender harassment and abuse of office.

It flayed Kumapayi for cutting the hair of his junior female officers, noting that he went too far in the exercise of his power.

The group, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by its Coordinator, Aderonke Bello, said penalising the sector commander would serve as a deterrent to other men who delighted in harassing their female subordinates.

It said, “The government must investigate this matter as quickly as possible and bring him to justice. He must be penalised within the rule of law because if he is spared, other men like him, who have no respect for women, may also harass women officers who are diligently serving the nation.” (

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