A group of Borno state elites under the aegis of Borno Elites for Peace, Stability and Progress have called for the arrest of former governor of the state, Senator Modu Sheriff over the creation of terror cells in the state and especially the Sunday bomb blast that claimed the lives of about 30 residents.
The group in a statement by its leaders: Imam Ibrahim Gazali (Chairman), Saleh YerimaBiu (Vice Chairman and Mary James Bata (Secretary) said the Senator’s claim of knowing those planting bombs in the state is enough reason for his arrest. The text reads in part:
“We are amazed at a press statement issued on behalf of former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff a.k.a SAS by his campaign organization, revealing that the ex–governor knows those behind the Tuesday deadly explosion in Maiduguri, which claimed the lives of over 30 innocent citizens of Borno State.
“We have noted with very serious concern the attempt by Sheriff to contradict the position of the Nigerian Army which had earlier attributed the deadly attacks to the handy work of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents. For Sheriff to publicly declare that the attack was not carried out by the Boko Haram but by some persons, shows that the former governor could perhaps be of a great service to the security operatives in Borno, by volunteering information on what really transpired. And we will indeed be glad if he can come forward to do so. By this, there is no need for the security operatives to look too far, in their bid to unmask and apprehend those bombing Borno and killing our citizens. To this end, we are calling on the security agencies to without any further delay, invite former Governor Sheriff to tell them all he knows, with a view to providing them with incontrovertible evidence about the identity of those who carried out the attack. The group further calls for capital punishment for the ex-governor if he fails to do so.” And where he fails to do that, he should be hanged, for attempting to raise false alarm, with a view to misleading and insulting the sensibilities of victims and their families” the statement further reads.