Rebecca Sharibu who is the mother of Leah Sharibu has sued the federal government for failing to rescue her daughter from the hands of Boko Haram.
Leah Sharibu was amongst the 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, who were kidnapped by the terrorist group in February.
All the abducted girls were subsequently released, except five who reportedly died in detention.
Leah was the only one held back by the group for “refusing to renounce her faith”.
In the case filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Rebecca claimed government’s “dereliction of duties” and sued to the tune of N500 million.
The other defendants in the suit are Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police, and Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation.
The suit was jointly filed with Daniel David Kadzai and Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, a US-based organisation.
The petitioner sought from the court an order “directing and mandating the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of the plaintiff from the custody of her captors forthwith”.
The petitioner is also seeking “an order compelling the defendants to employ every means in securing the plaintiff from the custody of her captors; an order compelling the defendants to pay the plaintiff the sum of N500 million being compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendants’ dereliction of statutory duties in securing her release from her captors since the month of February, 2018 till date of this action”.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has kept Leah in captivity for seven months, sparking public outrage.