‘Council boss’ links with Boko Haram worrisome’, Borno government

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri

Borno State Government has described as worrisome, the arrest of the Chairman of Mafa Local Government, Alhaji Shettima Lawan Mafa by the military in connection with insurgent activities of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram as very worrisome.

In its reaction,Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon. Usman Ali Zanna said, his ministry neither questions the judgment and authority of the military nor exonerates the chairman of any wrongdoing in order not to preempt the outcome of ongoing investigation.

Zanna on Sunday noted that contrary to media reports, the chairman wasn’t arrested but rather, he reported himself to the military.

The Ministry also said the chairman was known as someone who for years, worked closely with hunters and military commanders in Mafa to lead community fight against Boko Haram.

“If not because of media reports on this matter, the Ministry for Local Government and Emirate Affairs which oversees the affairs of the 27 local government areas in Borno State, would have preferred not to make public comment over a matter that is still being investigated by our competent and patriotic military establishment involved in the fight against Boko Haram.

“It has become necessary that this statement is issued in order to put some records straight. First of all, contrary media reports, the caretaker chairman in question was not arrested.

“He actually reported himself to the military command in Maiduguri after he got information that he was needed by the military. Secondly, contrary to reports by the media that he was arrested at the 1,000 housing estate along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, there was never any issue at all at 1,000 estate.

“The Chairman lives at 505 housing estate which is located on an entirely different route, along Dikwa and Mafa which is the way to the Chairman’s office in Mafa. The Chairman actually reported himself to the military last week and was detained pending the outcome of ongoing investigations being conducted by the military.” Zanna said.

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