The mother of Leah Sharibu, has sued the federal government for failing to secure the release of her daughter.
Rebecca Sharibu, David Kadzai and Lift up Now Incorporation, a US based organisation jointly filed the suit.
You will recall that Leah was among the 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, abducted by Boko Haram in February, 2018.
Subsequently all the abducted girls were released, except five who reportedly died in detention.
According to reports, Leah was held back by the insurgent group for holding on to her Christian faith.
In the suit filed at the federal high court in Lagos, Rebecca is seeking 500 million naira damages over the government’s “dereliction of duties”.
Those joined as defendants in the suit are Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation.
A copy of the suit dated September 19, 2018, with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18, was made available to journalists on Tuesday.
The plaintiff is seeking among others that the court “directs and mandates the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of the plaintiff from the custody of her captors forthwith”.
The plaintiff 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.
According to the federal government they are making efforts to secure her release.
But in a recent interview with Voice of America (VOA), Nathaniel Sharibu, Leah’s father, said they have not heard from any government official since the kidnap incident.