A family friend said Leah Sharibu is still with Boko Haram

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Contrary to claims that Leah Sharibu has been freed from Boko Haram captivity and has been kept somewhere in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the teenager remains in the den of her captors, according to a friend of her mother and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr Gloria Samdi Puldu.

Sharibu was among the Government Girls’ Science’s 110 pupils and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State, who had been abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on February 19, 2018.

Sharibu was detained due to her faith, while others were released later.

There were rumors on Thursday that her abductors had released her and she had been kept at the Evangelical Church Winning All’s headquarters in Jos.

But Puldu stated there was no truth in the claims.

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“Just forget about them (the rumors), they’re not true, there’s nothing like that; dismiss them, they are all rumors, that’s all. I believe that the speculation came because of the assurances given by President Muhammadu Buhari after he talked that Leah Sharibu would be released. We ought to just keep praying that it will become true; that is ,” she said.

This came as Nigeria National Missions Movement, the Executive rnSecretary, Revd. Gideon Para-Mallam, who has been one of the voices championing the woman’s launch described the report as untrue on the media.

Para-Mallam, in a statement, called “wild and misleading” the accounts that Leah Sharibu was released.

He explained, “For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby want to categorically state that Leah Sharibu hasn’t yet been released. Prayer and our expectation is that she will be released soon.

“I am issuing this statement as a very close friend of the Sharibus who has been and is still in very close contact with them, that is as of this morning (8am, Friday, October 5, 2018), these crazy and misleading reports about her release are false and must be disregarded.”

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