Leah Sharibu’s Ongoing Captivity
Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian schoolgirl who was abducted in Yobe State five years ago, remains in captivity, and recent reports suggest that she has undergone significant changes in her marital status.
According to local security sources, Leah, who has been held captive by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has remarried another ISWAP commander, Ali Abdallah, after reportedly divorcing her first ‘husband,’ Abdulrahman.
The Dapchi Abduction
Leah Sharibu’s harrowing journey began when she was among the 110 female pupils abducted from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram terrorists.
Since that fateful day, Leah has endured years of captivity under the ISWAP faction.
Marital Changes in Captivity
Reports emerged a few years ago that Leah Sharibu had been married off during her captivity, and recent revelations shed light on her complex marital history within the terrorist organization.
According to security sources, Leah was initially married to Abdulrahman after allegedly converting to Islam.
During this marriage, she had two children, both boys, who were named after two Boko Haram commanders who had been killed.
Leah’s Divorce and Remarriage
The circumstances surrounding Leah’s divorce from Abdulrahman remain unclear, but it is reported that she secured the divorce and subsequently married Ali Abdallah, another ISWAP commander in the Lake Chad region.
Her marital transitions reflect the complexity and challenges she has faced while in captivity.
Leah’s Role in ISWAP
Despite her captive status, Leah Sharibu has reportedly been trained by her captors to provide medical services to injured Boko Haram fighters and women.
This training has led to her current role as the leader of the ISWAP medical team in the northern part of the Lake Chad area.
Terrorist groups in the North East often force their captives with expertise in various fields to train their members, highlighting the grim reality of life in captivity.
Recent Sightings and Migration
Recent reports indicate that Leah Sharibu, her supposed husband Ali Abdallah, and other fighters were spotted at Dogon Chukwun kangarwa. However, they face persecution from a Boko Haram commander loyal to Abubakar Shekau, known as Malam Bakura.
Additionally, a large contingent of ISWAP fighters has been observed migrating from the area through Guzamala forest, with concerns about their movements and the presence of dangerous arms.
Leah Sharibu’s story remains a tragic and troubling example of the ongoing security challenges faced by Nigeria, particularly in the North East, where terrorist groups continue to operate and affect the lives of innocent civilians, including abducted schoolgirls like Leah.