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N500m Damages: Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Others Sue Federal Government

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Mother of the kidnapped schoolgirl, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, more than seven months after the abduction of Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram insurgents, has filed an action at the Federal High Court in Lagos, claiming N500m damages.

We reported that Leah Sharibu, who had been held in captivity since February 19, 2018, was one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists on account of her Christian faith.

In the suit jointly filed with Daniel David Kadzai and a United States-based Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, the embattled mother demanded N500m as a compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by Leah since her abduction early this year.

On Tuesday, in Jos, Plateau State capital, a copy of the court processes was made available to journalists.

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police and Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice were also joined in the suit dated September 19, 2018, with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18.

The defendants were joined over their failure to ensure the release of Leah and for failing in their statutory responsibilities.

An order of the court to direct and mandate the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Leah from the custody of her captors is among the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.

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