Concise News reports that Sharibu is the lone Dapchi schoolgirl who reportedly refused to pledge allegiance to Islam, and was denied freedom as a result of that. Her insistence to stick to her Christian faith irked her captors who drove triumphantly into Dapchi town to drop off the other girls.
Earlier, the captors took away about 111 girls of Government Girls Science and Technology College from their hostels in Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19, 2018.
She went to school but her desk is still empty. #SheIsSixteenToday.
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 14, 2019
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Leah Sharibu has subsequently been given to a Boko Haram fighter as a slave. In August 2018, an audio was released of Leah pleading for her freedom. In October 2018, her parents revealed that Boko Haram had threatened to kill her later that month, should the government not meet their demands.
In February 2019, social media reports circulated about her death but were dismissed by the government as politically motivated disinformation.
During the last Easter, the presidency said it believes one day, Leah Sharibu will be released.