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BREAKING: Leah Sharibu is still alive, FG moves for her release

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The Presidency has refuted speculation making rounds that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, is dead.

Accoding to statement by Garba Shehu, Miss Sharibu was alive, and the Federal Government is in touch with her captors to ensure her release

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity,
disclosed this on Saturday evening in Abuja.

According to the statement, Nigerians are urged not to worry for life of the Christian girl, who has held to her faith.

In his word: ‘‘Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.”

While hinting on Leahs life, Shehu said: “Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

‘‘Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies- and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.

“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.

“With the abduction of loved family (members) and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.

He also disclosed, in the statement, that the federal government will not left every stone unturned as every resources at their disposal will be used for her rescue.

“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.

He also advised victims of kidnap to refrain from giving ramsom for their freedom.

‘‘Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation.” he added.

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