Ex-Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff today during a press conference in Abuja denied allegations him that he is one of the main sponsors of the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
During the conference, he threatened to sue Stephen Davies, the Australian negotiator who recently claimed that the militants named him as one of their sponsors. He also expressed preparedness to face any panel in the world to clear his name.
Read what he said after the cut:
“My name has been mentioned for political reasons over the attacks of Boko Haram. I have been accused unfairly in connection with Boko Haram since I left office.
“The recent purported interview granted by Australian negotiator, Stephen Davies, could not avail the federal government of the information concerning the alleged sponsors of Boko Haram… but [he] sneaked out of the country to make false claims.
“For the records, let me state categorically that I do not share the same ideology with Boko Haram. By my nature, I am opposed to the philosophy of Boko Haram.
“It is instructive to point out that I have been one of the greatest victims of Borno. I was a target of Boko Haram during my time because I refused to abdicate my responsibility.
“Among those killed by Boko Haram was my younger brother, Alhaji Goni. Some of my friends and associates were killed in cold blood by Boko Haram.
“For the records, the late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, once named me, Umaru Yar’Adua and some other leaders as targets. He boasted he would deal with all of us.
“I banned Boko Haram. I was the one who made a law that outlawed the group. The sect later changed its name. And in spite of our efforts, the group continued to wreak havoc.”
Sheriff said it was “infantile” for chairman of APC, John Oyegun, to accuse him of being a PDP mole during his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I caused the loss of election by the PDP in Borno when I was in the APC,” he said.
He also branded those linking him with Boko Haram as “either ignorant or completely out for mischief”.
“The sect has become captive of political forces and used for settling political scores,” he said. “I have no association with any terrorists anywhere. I have never met the group. I cannot be a sponsor of a group I have not met before.
“Today, there are ten thousand members of Boko Haram terrorising our people. All my actions as governor were to guide my people right.”
He argued that the naming of one of his commissioners, Buji Koi, as a member of the group did not make him a member as well. “It doesn’t make sense,” he said.
“I leave the rest for Nigerians to judge whether it is a crime to do good to all men.”
Sheriff threatened legal action against Davies, saying he had already instructed his lawyers to sue “the faceless Australian”. Denying the allegation that he had foot soldiers who coberted to Boko Haram, he said: “I don’t have foot soldiers as they alleged. “The allegation that some foot soldiers who turned against me became Boko Haram is not true. “My invitation by the SSS has nothing to do with Boko Haram. I am prepared to face any panel in the world to clear my name of Boko Haram.
A widow and three men who are members of a robbery gang that specialize in terrorizing and robbing motorists along the Mile2/Badagry Expressway, have been arrested by men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State Police Command.
The robbers; Sera Emmanuel (31) the widow, Ismaila Morufu (30), Musaalobi Abdullahi (29) and Opeyemi Akinyemi (30), were arrested on August 27th along the Sango-Ifo road by Iyana-Iyesi in Ogun state.
The armed-robbers allegedly confessed to operating daily at some bad spots around Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, Mile 2/Apapa Expressway, Agege/Oshodi, Oworonsoki, Alapere, Bariga, Ikeja and Onipanu. Continue…
The Nation reports that while confessing to the crimes, the widow Sera Emmanuel, said she was the one responsible for supplying guns to the gang.
“I was born in 1983 and I am from Abeokuta. I buy guns for the gang and it was Ismaila that gave me money to buy guns for the gang. I went to Idiroko and bought two guns at N15, 000 each for the gang. They gave me only N25, 000 and N6, 000 for transport. I will not buy for them again’. she said One of the gang members, Morufu while confessing said: “I was arrested at Iyana Iyesi for snatching a handset at Mile 2, Lagos. It was Muri that led police to my house to arrest me”. She said
Abdulliah, another gang members, who claims to be a panel beater said:
“I participated in the Oyingbo Ebute Meta robbery operation. We collected phones, money from victims at go-slow. This is my 15th armed robbery operation. I used to get between N25,000 and N30,000 in each operation but prostitutes, smoking and drinking made it impossible for me to save”.
Akinyemi, an okada rider who was also arrested claimed that he was forced to become a member by one Apo he met in Mushin, where he had gone to eat
“I have operated five times but it was only once they gave me N30,000. They have been cheating me. I went to Cotonou with N300, 000 to buy Mazda but it had accident. It was because I needed to get money for the repair of my car that I followed them for the operation. I got N150,000. I have built house from armed robbery. It was Muri that brought police to arrest me” he said.
The Lagos state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle confirmed the arrest of the gang members.