The former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, described the allegation that he aided emergence and growth of the Boko Haram sect as “rubbish”.
Sheriff said he is one of the biggest victims of the terrorist organization.
He stated this in reaction to the call for his arrest and prosecution by the Borno Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan over his link with the sect.
Speaking on Tuesday, August 23, at one of the sessions at the ongoing annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Port Harcourt, Lawan had said Sheriff is responsible for the growth of the dreaded group
In Sheriff’s defence, his spokesman, Inuwa Bwala disclosed that the former governor has lost three of his brothers to the terrorist group.
He alleged that officials of the current Borno government are “more likely people to be suspected given the fact that at the time he left government, no public official has been accused of being linked to the sect”
“We need to state without any fear of contradiction that the Attorney General is both mischievous and being economical with the truth. He is trying to cover up the fact that the agents of Borno Government are more likely to be sponsors of the Boko Haram Sect. Sheriff is more vulnerable to Boko haram because he has his three brothers killed by the sect.
“We advice him (Lawan) to go and read the history of the emergence of Boko Haram so that he will be saved from going before his fellow lawyers and engaging in this macabre dance,” Bwala said.
He stressed that it is senseless to think Sheriff is sponsoring the group that killed three of his brothers.