Borno - The Borno state attorney general and commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, says the arrogance and desperation for power of former Borno state governor, Ali Modu sheriff may have triggered the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency, Channelstv reports.
He stated this while speaking at the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA conference in Port-Harcourt.
“In an interview on Sunday Politics on Channels TV, Ali Modu Sheriff said about two weeks ago, that he had seen Mohammed Yusuf at the Giwa military Barracks in Maiduguri after he was arrested during 2009 crisis. The important question is why was Yusuf moved from the military custody to the police headquarters if not for him to be killed, especially given the fact that Buji Foi was taken to the same police headquarters and killed.”
“What did Sheriff as Chief security officer do to secure Muhammad Yusuf. Why was Muhammad Yusuf not allowed to make open confessions which could have included his claim of being betrayed. “On July 5, 2011, former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff tendered an apology to the Boko Haram sect “for whatever he might have done wrong to them”. Why did he apologize, if he knew he did nothing wrong to the sect.”
Noting the killing of 17 members of the group allegedly by security officers while on a funeral procession in 2009, the commissioner said the complacency of Sheriff government on the issue was a moral burden.
Lawan had last week accused the factional Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff of being the mastermind of Boko Haram according to News24.
He, therefore, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to arrest and prosecute the former Borno State Governor.
He said arrest of Sheriff over his alleged role in the emergence of Boko Haram will bring succor to those affected by actions of the Boko Haram sect.
- News 24