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Published On: Tue, Dec 23rd, 2014

Borno Govt denies linking Sheriff with Insurgency

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By Doyin Ojisipe

Borno State Government has said that it did not link the former governor of the state, Ali Modu Sheriff to the insurgency ravaging the North east as reported.
A statement by Media Associate to Governor Kashim Shettima, Isa Gusau, who was quoted in the story, said: “Perhaps because of problems sometimes associated with interpretation of languages, the writer of that story misunderstood what I said.

“There was never a point I said Sheriff has links with Boko Haram. What I said was that Governor Kashim Shettima wasn’t behind any attempt, if there is any, to blackmail Sheriff. I also said that the Governor doesn’t stand to gain anything if Sheriff is said to have any link with Boko Haram but rather, it is a big embarrassment to the Governor for any citizen of Borno State or anyone he has had any relationship with, to be accused of such a link.
“I also said that Governor Shettima is very much interested in knowing the truth about that accusation and feels that since Sheriff had said he was taking Davis to court while Davis said he has substantial evidence he would provide in court, Sheriff should pursue his litigation against Davis so that the court can unearth the truth,” Gusau said.
According to him: “I also said the essence of our statement after the DSS paraded seven persons it arrested as fake negotiators was to make corrections in the profile it gave on one of them, Junaidu Idrissa Khadi. The DSS said Khadi was Special Adviser to Governor Shettima before his arrest and we felt that since the DSS went as far as giving a brief background of Khadi, it forgot to add that Khadi first served under Sheriff as Special Adviser in 2010 while Sheriff was Governor of Borno State and that it was Sheriff that recommended Khadi to Shettima for reappointment in 2013, two years after Shettima became a Governor, succeeding Sheriff. But at no point did I say Sheriff has links with Boko Haram in the context it was reported.

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