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Abuja - Political thugs associated with former Governor of the Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, have been accused of attacking the convoy of incumbent, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri.
Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Ali Bukar Dalori, said the attack left ten vehicles damaged when the governor was driving pass the popularly Sir Kashim Ibrahim Way.
“The attack was carefully planned with the apparent endorsement of the former governor,” he said of the attack that allegedly happened last evening.
He added that the governor was on visit to different hospitals in the state capital offering support to patients before his convoy was attacked while returning to the Government House.
Dalori alleged that the thugs came out from a campaign office belonging to the former governor and soon after the governor's official vehicle had passed, the thugs went after vehicles in the convoy, smashing wheel screens.
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“Soon after he was informed while the attack was happening, Shettima was said to have ordered his security details to restrain their men from using fire arms or any form of assault in order not to heighten tension in the State and compromise ongoing counter insurgency operations.
“From all indication, these youths were sent by Ali Modu Sheriff, we know some of them they are his boys. He created thuggery in Borno State when he was a governor, this administration is creating jobs and building human capacity to discourage thuggery but Ali Modu Sheriff wants to take us to the era of thuggery.”
Dalori added, “We live in Maiduguri and we are the people that stand to lose if peace is truncated. Ali Modu Sheriff lives in Abuja with houses all over the world, so he will not care if Maiduguri goes in flames. All the violence he is orchestrating is aimed at stopping elections in Borno State but God will never allow evil succeed over good.”
“We won't allow him succeed, we will take every lawful step available to us. Whether he likes it or not, his era has passed in Borno State, nothing can change that history insha Allah. We call on the Federal Government to call SAS to order. If he is above the law, the FG should tell us but we will not be lawless and we will not allow him have his way.”
Efforts to get the reaction from the former governor camp were unsuccessful as at the time of sending this report.