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Monday, March 26, 2018

Leah Sharibu Release: Police recants, claims IGP Idris was ‘misquoted’

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Sunday, recanted the statement made by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, was on her way back, reports ITRealms.

The Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim had earlier on Saturday hinted that the remaining Dapchi student, Leah Sharibu, who was not released along with her schoolmates last Wednesday, was on her way back home.

Read Also: Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu on way home - BBC

In an interview with journalists at the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri, Saturday, where he visited the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, IGP Idris was quoted as saying that he had been scheduled to travel to Dapchi but shelved the trip so as avoid jeopardizing her release.

“I am supposed to go to Dapchi today, let me be sincere with you but because of the girl (Leah Sharibu) that I learnt here will be released today,” he said.

“It is a sort of understanding that we don’t create much security (anxiety) there. By the time I fly (in a helicopter) there, they will think I broke (in) and that is why I had to postpone the visit to Dapchi.”

Leah was reportedly held back for refusing to denounce her Christian faith while in captivity but the government promised to do everything possible to secure her release just like the rest.

But on Sunday, the Police recanted IGP Idris, saying he was misquoted or misunderstood, according to the Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jimoh Moshood.

For him, the misunderstanding could arise partly because residents of the area anxiously awaited the safe return of the already released students, noting that they could not get to Yobe State owing to what the police termed as “weather condition.”


However, Moshood explained, “The misunderstanding may be a result of the already released Dapchi School girls expected back home in Yobe State today but could not arrive due to weather condition. The IGP could not also proceed to Dapchi because of same weather condition.”

Uboshe Uboshe/GEE

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