Leah Sharibu’s mother sues FG, demands N500m

Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of the kidnapped Dapchi Christian school girl, Leah Sharibu has sued the federal government for failing to secure the release her daughter.

Leah was among the 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, abducted by Boko Haram in February.

All the abducted girls were subsequently released, except Leah who was held back by the insurgent group for refusing to renounce Christianity.

According to a report in Daily Trust, the suit dated September 19, 2018, with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18, was filed at federal high court, Lagos.

In the suit, Rebecca sought N500 million damages over the government’s “dereliction of duties”.

Joined as defendants in the suit are Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation.

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Among the prayers the plaintiff sought from the court is an order “directing and mandating the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of the plaintiff from the custody of her captors forthwith”.

The plaintiff is also seeking “an order compelling the defendants to employ every means in securing the plaintiff from the custody of her captors; an order compelling the defendants to pay the plaintiff the sum of N500 million being compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendants’ dereliction of statutory duties in securing her release from her captors since the month of February, 2018 till date of this action”.

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Leah Sharibu has been in captivity for seven months.