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Govt accused of shielding alleged Boko Haram sponsor

17 September 2014, 07:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Federal Government of shielding alleged Boko Haram sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff,  from the law.

The party said recently, Sheriff landed in Maiduguri, where the federal authorities provided him with massive security, including four truck-loads of soldiers led by a Lieutenant-Colonel, about 50 SSS personnel, hordes of policemen and two armoured tanks to escort him from the airport to his residence.

The residence was also secured by armed troops and policemen, APC claimed.

Also Read: Sheriff fires back at Soyinka, calls him a cultist

“In the first instance, what qualified Sheriff, an alleged Boko Haram sponsor, for such a massive security. Why has the FG continued to abuse national institutions in an unprecedented manner?" asked the APC.

“In any case, has the special treatment given to Sheriff by the federal authorities not shown that he indeed has a special relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan, who made sure he (Sheriff) was part of his entourage during his visit to Chadian President Idriss Deby to discuss the Boko Haram terrorism, despite the bare-face lies by the Presidency?"

"Do Nigerians still expect the same FG that is pampering Sheriff to seriously investigate his alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram? Is it not clear now that President Jonathan is himself sabotaging his government's fight against Boko Haram, on the altar of electoral desperation, by hobnobbing with an alleged sponsor of the terrorist group,” the party queried.

The party said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration should desist from abusing its powers by constantly using the police and the military to torment the opposition.

“We are documenting all the abuses and in the fullness of time, we will present such to the nation as well as the international community to show the level of political intolerance, abuse of national institutions and the abridgment of citizens' constitutional rights that are taking place under a democratically-elected government,” it said.

Government officials could not be reached for comment.

- CAJ News


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