Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 November 2012

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Man Arrested By SSS Freed

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Notorious gang arrested in Nigeria

Minna — The recent release of Mallam Babayo Sani brought the number of those released from State Security Service custody to two after the arrest of Imams in Madallah, Niger State, following the St Theresa catholic Church bomb blast last December.

Between December 2011 and February this year, four Imams and one other person identified as Babayo Sani were arrested by the SSS out of which two have been released.

Speaking to Daily Trust after he was set free, the Deputy Chief Imam said while in the custody of the security operatives, he was told that he was arrested in connection with his nephew who was accused of having a connection with Boko Haram.

Narrating his ordeal, Sani, who is a driver with a construction company said no sooner had be bought a house at Anguwan Fada in Madallah thanthe SSS invited him on two different occasions for explanation.

"When I was told that I would not be allowed to go back again, nobody told me of my offence, I can only remember that I was asked whether I knew the son of the woman from whom I bought my new house which I said I did not know", Sani said.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Suleja Emirate Council over the issue were unsuccessful as the Secretary of the council, Mallam Sani Ibrahim, was said to be away, while his phone line was not going through.

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