A day after the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State announced that its operatives arrested a top commander of Boko Haram, Mohammed Shuaib Bama, in the residence of Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna, the lawmaker has refuted the report.
Zanna, who represents Borno Central in the Upper House, said there was no truth in the claims of the task force.
The senator, according to Saharareporters, insisted yesterday that the purported Boko Haram commander, who the JTF allegedly arrested in his Damboa Road, Maiduguri, GRA residence is his nephew.
The online medium quoted Zanna as admitting in a telephone interview that the "suspected commander is his nephew" but added that that "there is nothing more than that".
Zanna was also quoted as saying that he was not harbouring Bama and that the suspect was not arrested in his home. He challenged security agents, whom he accused of harassing and beating up children in his house, to investigate Bama's relationship with the people in whose home he was arrested.
He said: "They (security agencies) said they arrested the man in the house of a lawmaker on Damboa Road, and there is no lawmaker on Damboa Road except me. They did not arrest him in my house, they went to my house but did not find him, and instead they arrested children in my house and put them inside the hot sun and started beating them. And they asked them whether they know Bama, and one of the boys answered yes. He then took them to where they arrested Bama."
On his relationship with the suspect, Zannah said: "Shuaibu Bama is the son of my sister. But the lie is what they are saying that they arrested him in my house. And we cannot hide or harbour a Boko Haram sect member. And since he was not arrested in my house, they should go and investigate his relationship with the people they arrested him in their house. I don't know anything about it and just heard yesterday."
JTF Discovers IEDS Factory, Arrest 4 Terrorists In Borno
The Joint Task Force (JTF) otherwise known as Operation Restore Order in Borno State, yesterday discovered a Boko Haram explosives factory at Gwange/Sabo Layi, Maiduguri.
In a press release made available to newsmen, the JTF spokesman, Lt Col Sagir Musa, said four Boko Haram members who masterminded and planted the bomb blast that killed one army officer and two JTF personnel during the Gwange attack last week along Lagos Street, Maiduguri, were also arrested.
The following items, according to Sagir, were recovered from the factory: a large quantity of assorted IED materals, one AK 47 rifle, a box filled with charms, gas cylinders in various sizes, two bags of fertilizer, one generator and welding equipment.