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Borno wants Sheriff arrested to answer for thousands killed by Boko Haram

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The Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, has said that if justice must be done to the victims of Boko Haram carnage, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff must be arrested and prosecuted.

He alleged that Sheriff, who was governor of the state between 2003 and 2011, created the insecurity situation in the state which metamorphosed into the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.

Lawan stated this at the ongoing 56th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“Ali Modu Sheriff was a former governor of Borno State for eight years and left the state in a state of insecurity. The issue that happened in Borno, the insecurity that brought us to this situation we are in, was as a result of bad governance, illiteracy, lack of respect for the rule of law, impunity in the administration of Ali Modu Sheriff, which the Federal Government then, did not checkmate his excesses and it escalated to this level.

“And up to today, he is moving freely and nobody is talking to him. All hands must be on deck, if, actually, justice must be done to the hundreds of people that were killed in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he should be arrested.

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“He should be investigated. He should be interrogated for the facts we have just mentioned in Port Harcourt here. His records were known to everybody, even you media men. The Federal Government is aware; the state government is aware; you media men are aware.

“Can he deny that fact, that he was a governor between 2003 and 2011. Can he deny that Muhammed Yusuf freely operated between 2003 and 2009 and the aberration laws he passed?” Lawan stated.

Lawan lauded the efforts so far by President Muhammadu Buhari in rooting out Boko Haram in the Northeast and called on government to support the youth vigilance group (Civilian JTF), who have been working with security forces to root out insurgency in the region.

By Ebere Ndukwu . . .

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