I am a Boko Haram victim, not sponsor – Ali Modu Sheriff

A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff has once again reiterated his stance that he is not sponsoring terrorist sect Boko Haram.

Spokesman for Sheriff, Inuwa Bwala who spoke with The Vanguard said Sheriff is a victim of the group and not its sponsor having lost three of his brothers to the sect.

On Tuesday the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Borno state, Hon Kaka Shehu Lawan accused Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff of being responsible for the growth of the dreaded Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, saying he should be arrested and prosecuted.

Speaking at one of the sessions at the ongoing annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Port Harcourt, Lawan alleged that Sheriff encouraged the spread of the group while he was governor of Borno state, stating that his arrested will bring succor to those who have been affected by actions of the group.

According to Bwala, Senator Sheriff has instructed his lawyers to take appropriate measures against the Attorney General for the unfounded allegations.

He said officials of the present Borno state 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 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.”

Sheriff’s spokesperson said it is illogical for somebody who had lost three of his brothers to the sect to be their sponsor.

“We advice him 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,” he said.

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