Leah Sharibu’s Mother Sues FG, Others for N500m

Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls abducted by a Boko Haram faction in Dapchi, Yobe State, has filed a suit of N500 million against the Nigerian government.

Leah Sharibu is the only remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in captivity after refusing to renounce Christianity earlier this year.

Also joined in the suit as plaintiffs against the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation over their failure to ensure the release of her daughter and for failure in their statutory duties.

The suit, dated September 19, 2018 with reference no FCH/L/cs/1528/18 was filed at the Federal High Court of Nigeria Lagos and a copy was made available to journalists on Tuesday in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The plaintiffs are demanding for N500 million as a compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by Leah since her abduction in February 2018.

They are demanding for an order of the Honourable court to direct and mandate the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Leah from the custody of her captors, as well as an order compelling the defendants to employ every means in securing her release.

The Plaintiffs also sought: “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.”

Meanwhile, in an affidavit supporting the application, the 3rd Plaintiff and Executive Director of the Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, Dr Adeniyi Ojutiku, solemnly swears that he has been informed by their lead counsel, Tayo Douglas Esq, that it is necessary in the circumstance to seek and obtain leave of the Honourable court to issue the originating summons on the defendants.

“I, Dr. Adeniyi Ojutiku, a Nigerian citizen of No. 1316 Shining Water Lane Raleigh, NC 27614, United States of America, do hereby solemnly swear and make oath as follows: That I am an Executive Director of the Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, herein plaintiff’s 3rd next friend and I am by virtue of this position conversant with the facts herein deposed.

“That I have the full authority of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiff’s next friends to make this deposition, and the plaintiff’s claim against the defendants is clearly stated in the originating summons filled herein,” the affidavit read.

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