Leah Sharibu has given birth to a second baby in Boko Haram captivity, reports say.
Leah Sharibu was among 110 girls, aged between 11 and 19 years, who were abducted by the terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, on February 19, 2018.
According to the convener of a United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, intelligence reports revealed that Leah who refused to abandon her Christian faith and has been held back by the insurgents may have given birth to a second child after it was reported that she gave birth early last year.
“That notwithstanding, intelligence received on the status of Leah indicates that she has delivered a second child in captivity," Ogbede said.
"While we have not corroborated this by multiple sources, a usually knowledgeable source indicated that she delivered a second child late last year. This means both children were born in 2020 as the terrorists announced her childbirth earlier in 2020. We are still investigating this.”
He expressed his groups sustained sadness over the Nigerian government's inability to rescue the heroine of Christianity from captivity.
“Until she is released, Leah remains a poster child and symbol of a failed state that can’t protect its children,” Ogbede added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Forum of Missing Dapchi Schoolgirls Parents, Bashir Manzo is yet to confirm the authenticity of the report.
Manzo said: “Yes, we have heard of the rumour but there is no way we can verify it because we do not have direct contact with Boko Haram. Remember that last year, there was also a rumour that she had given birth.
“But be that as it may, we are praying for her and we hope the Nigerian government can rescue the girl because her parents and relatives have been suffering. It is hard for us here. The government has abandoned her and left their parents to their fate. It is sad.”