Monday 29 October 2012

Boko Haram: SSS to grill ex-governor

BARRING any last minute change, former governor of Borno State, Senator Alli Modu Sheriff, will be the guest of the operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (SSS), over the arrest of one of the field commanders of the Islamic sect, popularly known as Boko Haram, in a house said to belong to him in Maiduguri, the state capital, recently.
The ex-governor had earlier been quizzed by the SSS on Boko Haram-related activities before the latest development in which a serving senator from the state, Senator Ahmed Zanna, told security operatives that the suspected Boko Haram chieftain was not arrested inside his house as alleged, but right inside the house of the former governor.
“We have listened to Senator Zanna’s own side of the case and that of the arrested suspect. The next step now is to invite the former governor to also listen to his own side of the matter, that is normal.
“We can not jump into any conclusion just like that, so we are inviting him for clarification. That is the position for now,’’ a top security source told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, on Sunday.

The source, who hinted that the service had been able to get some useful information on the activities of the sect from the arrested kingpin, said the SSS had been on the trail of the former governor since the arrest was made and the information given by Senator Zanna.
“We are on course, there will be no sacred cow. Once you are mentioned, we will invite you. You know when Senator Zanna’s name was mentioned, our boss invited him through a text message, we were not even aware of the invitation,” the source said.
This is coming just as it was learnt that prominent citizens from the northern part of the country stayed away from the region during the just-concluded sallah celebration for fear of attack.
It was gathered that many people resolved to either stayed put in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Ibadan or relocate to Dubai for the sallah celebration, while a few others went for hajj.

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