The last is yet to be heard over the arrest of one of the commanders of the Boko Haram sect, Shuaibu Bama by the Borno State Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri last week.
Senator Ahmad Zannah representing Borno Central Senatorial District yesterday said the conspiracy to rope him into the JTF dragnet over the arrest of Bama was an attempt to declare his seat vacant in the Senate to pave way for a JTF supervised fresh Senatorial election that would produce ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff as the winner.
Zannah stated this while reacting to a publication credited to former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff following his (Zannah) world Press Conference where-in he debunked the allegation that Bama was arrested in his house while the suspect was actually arrested in Ali Modu Sheriff’s house on Rabi Road, Old G.R.A, off Damboa Road in Maiduguri.
Senator Zannah in a press statement signed by his Special Assistant, Usman U. Mustapha and made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja said the, “carefully orchestrated campaign of calumny, blackmail, intimidation and character assassination is all about undoing what Allah has decreed.”
He said the ramblings as contained in Ali Modu Sheriff’s puerile and confused response simply confirms Ali Modu Sheriff’s guilt and complicity in the matter, adding that instead of addressing the core issues raised in the press conference, Ali Modu Sheriff resorted to throwing red-herrings around to pull the wool over our faces.
“Let the JTF be informed that, even under the terror of the occupation force, that the people of Borno are living, the perpetrators will be shocked with the damning evidences they will see! Let the unwary beware that there is limit to everything, especially, when the people are pushed to the wall, as it were”, the statement added.
Senator Zannah, in the statement challenged both Ali Modu Sheriff and the JTF to provide answers to, “who owns the property on Rabi Road, off Damboa Road in Maiduguri where the suspect was apprehended, what took the JTF operatives with vehicles make and number (now withheld) to the property on the fateful day, when Shuaibu Bama was arrested and who ordered the killing of Muhammad Yusuf, the leader of the Yusufiyyah Sect?”
The statement urged the security operatives to call the then commander of Ali Modu Sheriff’s security outfit in Borno State (operation flush), Col. Ben Ahanatu, the then Commissioner of Police, Christopher Deiga and Ali Modu Sheriff himself to explain their roles in the killing of Alhaji Baba Fugu, an octogenarian and many other people arrested and executed, including the invalids on crutches and teenagers as revealed on the YouTube and Aljazeera.
It also urged the JTF to investigate the activities of Ali Modu Sheriff’s private militia code named, “The Ecomog” particularly for the years Ali Modu Sheriff was in government and even beyond, saying also that, “These are the issues, among others that the JTF should investigate if they are at all interested and are actually in Borno to tackle the current state of insecurity and not resorting to harassing, intimidating and framing innocent and productive members of the society”.