-To Sue Borno State Govt Over Linkage To Terrorist Group
Patrick Osadebamwen , Abuja
Embattled former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has challenged the federal government, to as a matter of urgency, investigate him over links to Boko Haram.
Sheriff said the investigation should also be expanded to other Nigerians with a view to expose those with such links.
He said this against the backdrop of the recent comment by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Borno state, Kaka Shehu, who alleged that Sheriff was a mastermind of the Boko Haram sect.
Addressing Journalists through his Special Adviser on Media, Inuwa Bwala, Sheriff said the comment of the Attorney General of the state draws from the narrative of the administration which has been bent on tarnishing his image.
According to him: “from the position of the Attorney General of Borno State on the sponsorship of Boko Haram, we challenged the federal government, to as a matter of urgency, investigate, no matter who is involved, to expose those whose antecedents show they have links with Boko Haram.
“The Attorney general is not a security expert and we have the best security men in the world, and they are in a good position to tell us whether someone is directly or indirectly link to this Boko Haram.
“By taking it upon himself to inform the world that this noble man is linked with Boko Haram, I think it is the greatest disservice to the fight against insecurity. I think they are trying to cover up their own culpability in the whole matter.
“The commissioner is trying to divert attention from the real culprit of Boko Haram”, he said.
Sheriff also said that he has been waiting for opportunity where the state government would officially accuse him, or link him, with Boko Haram.
“We have waited for this opportunity and this statement coming from official of state government, I think they have shot themselves on the foot by falling into the trap we set for them.
“Casting aspersions on the person of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff by Borno State officials, and this was not the first time they will be making such allegation. This one coming from somebody who supposed to know the law is going to be one allegation too many, because Sheriff has already initiated processes of slamming N10 billion suit against the Attorney General and Borno State government, unless he proves otherwise that what he said is backed with evidences, the law will catch up with him.
“That is to say, the attorney general may have to face us in court to explain why he got the fact from. We are going to join the state government in the suit if they do not apologise within the next seven days.
“Instead of admitting their failures, which is obvious in the face of diversion of relief materials in IDPs in Borno, they decided to embark on this rascally mischievous adventure and campaign of calumny against the person of Sheriff.”
Earlier, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had screened five governorship candidates ahead of the November 16 election on Ondo state.
Addressing the aspirants, Sheriff said “the cardinal principle of party politics is transparency; if you lose that, you will never get it right.”
Sheriff, who was presented the result of the delegates congress held in all the 203 wards of Ondo state by the five man committee led by Hon. Ibrahim Bakauye, said all that is left now is for the Ondo delegates to make their choice from the candidates.
Candidates screened are: Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim, Prince Bamiduro Dada, Hon. Niran Sule, Hon. Sola Ebiseni, Barr. Abiye Ademoye.