Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has described reports in the social media that the abducted Dapchi School girl, Leah Sharibu has died in captivity as “fake news”.

The Boko Haram insurgents abducted Leah and over 100 students from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State in February last year. Others have been released except Leah.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday, described the report as “absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that”.

He said the rumour of Miss Sharibu’s death, which surfaced just a few days to the presidential election, was another ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.

“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think everyday they are realizing the hopelessness of their position.

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