Leah Sharibu Woed, Not Forced into Marriage by Boko Haram, Security Sources Say

Security services and negotiators were aware since last year that Leah Sharibu was impregnated by one of the leaders of Boko Haram but kept mute on the matter as they worked towards her safe release from the custody.

PRNigeria reported an intelligence source to have said Leah was not forcefully converted to a sex slave but wooed by one of Boko Haram’s top members.

Leah, the sole Christian among the initially abducted 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State, was ‘hypnotized’ by the ‘warm reception’ and ‘friendly manner’ she was been treated by the BH members who kept her in hostage.

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The source said: “The insurgents and their commanders have since devised a clever, deceptive and persuasive way to entice and woo girls and women whom they love and separate them from those confined to forced labour and sex-slavery after their abduction.

“Leah Sharibu was not coaxed or forced to renounce her faith. According to the information, we gathered she willingly accepted the man and converted. She was not raped serially by anyone but willingly submitted herself to one of the insurgents through enticement.”

James Obi: James Obi hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the social sciences, and has worked as a correspondent for various Nigerian national dailies for over a decade.
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