Terrorists vow to hold Sharibu a ‘slave for life’

DAPCHI, Nigeria — A terrorist group holding Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu hostage has vowed to keep her as a “slave for life.”

The Islamic State West Africa Province, a faction of Boko Haram, has held 15-year-old Sharibu since Feb. 19, 2018, when she was among 110 girls abducted at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi. The other girls were later released, but Sharibu, the only Christian in the group, was kept because she refused to renounce her faith.

Nigeria’s online news source The Cable reported Oct. 15 that Boko Haram executed Hauwa Leman, a 24-year-old midwife and aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Leman was one of three humanitarian workers abducted by Boko Haram in March 2018. Another of the hostages, Saifura Ahmed, was executed in September. The third woman, Alice Ngaddah, a Christian who works with UNICEF, will also be kept as a slave, the group said. (TAB)