Dapchi abduction: Released schoolgirls narrate how Leah Sharibu failed in escape bid

Dapchi abduction: Released schoolgirls narrate how Leah Sharibu failed in escape bid

- Some of the released Dapchi schoolgirls have narrated their ordeal in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents

- The schoolgirls also narrated how the only Dapchi schoolgirl left in captivity, Leah Sharibu, tried to escape

- The girls said Sharibu fled with two other girls but their escape bid was foiled by a nomadic Fulani family who brought them back to the camp

The only Dapchi schoolgirl left in Boko Haram captivity, Leah Sharibu, was said to have made an attempt to escape from the camp of the insurgents but failed.

Leah, the only Christian among the 110 abductees, was found in the bush and was returned to the terrorists three days after, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng notes that her mates said she was emotionally strong enough to send her mother a present as a remembrance. It was reported that the present was the jerry can she and her friends were given milk in by the man who thwarted their escape. The girls have not had time to give it to her mother yet.

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Recounting Leah's escape bid, one of the girls, Aisha Ibiwa, said Leah and two others were involved in the escape bid.

She said: “She didn’t tell us she was leaving. We thought she was just going round the corner, but she sneaked out along with Maryam and Amira (two classmates).”

They were said to have wandered in the bush for three days, after which they met a nomadic Fulani family from whom they sought help on how to return to Dapchi. The girls were not aware that they had made a big mistake by seeking help from the Fulani. Instead of assisting the girls, the Fulani took them back to their kidnappers.

Hajara Adamu said: “The Fulani man said to them: ‘So you are the missing girls that we’ve heard about on the radio."

The Fulani was said to have given them a jerry can filled with cow’s milk and returned them to the terrorists. Hajara said Leah and her group weren’t flogged, adding that the insurgents said it was because they had suffered a lot while trying to escape.”

It was reported that Hajara herself also attempted to escape but she was given out by some local women she had approached for directions. And when she was eventually found, she was whipped and frogmarched to the camp with a gun at her back by the furious terrorists.

According to Hajara, they were insulted and told that they wanted to go back to the land of unbelievers.

Recounting how five of the girls died, Fatima Abdullahi said: “They (the victims) were saying: ‘Pull us up or we’ll die,’ but I couldn’t help them. They just threw us all into the vehicle, that’s why we were piled up like that. I was lucky that someone pulled me up.”

The girls were said to have shouted that some of them were dying, but by the time the insurgents paid attention, five were dead.

Hajara said: “In the early morning, they dug a hole and put their bodies in it. They didn’t give them an Islamic burial, and they didn’t pray."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, who survived the Boko Haram attack on their school, narrated their lucky escape from the terrorists.

Yagana Mustapha, a 14-year-old student of SS2, said that she was one of the girls at the mosque when the terrorists stormed their school. She said the insurgents told the fleeing students that they were soldiers who had come to help them.

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Source: Legit.ng

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