Leah Sharibu, a christian teenager abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in 2018 has reportedly given birth to her second child in captivity.
A United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, confirmed this while lamenting on the plight of the abandoned Dapchi “heroine Christian” schoolgirl.
It would be recalled that Leah, still held in captivity, was forced to accept Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander after she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
She reportedly gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Niger Republic.
The teenager was among 110 schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018, by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi in Yobe state.
Convener of the US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, said in a statement that “despite an offer by an American pastor last month to surrender himself in exchange for Leah’s freedom, there has been no tangible response from her captors.
“That notwithstanding, intelligence received on the status of Leah indicates that she has delivered a second child in captivity. 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.”
To commemorate the March 21 third anniversary of the release of the Dapchi girls returned by their captors and “abandonment of Leah Sharibu”, the US group in its commemorative statement, said “until she is released, Leah remains a poster child and symbol of a failed state that can’t protect its children.