Amidst outcry of prolonged stay of Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram’s den, the Nigerian Army has disclosed that they have not rescued the girl and aid workers abducted by Boko Haram terrorists because they are cautious and does not want to put their lives in danger.
This was disclosed by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu while addressing newsmen on the Defence Headquarters Coordinated Joint Operations in Abuja.
Leah was among the over 100 students kidnapped by the terrorists at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19th 2018. While other students were released by the sect members, Leah was held captive because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.
Speaking at the news conference, Nwachukwu said
“Troops of operation Lafiya Dole have been treading cautiously because these people are all in the hands of the terrorists and any reckless move may result in their annihilation by the terrorists just to ward off the troops, it is a very complex and risky operation but the troops are working day and night to ensure that they are rescued”.
He said the terrorists only used the abductions to raise funds to support their illicit activities. He said that the troops would not relent until they rescued the captives.