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Boko Haram: Mafa council boss not arrested, he reported himself - Borno Government

Boko Haram: Mafa council boss not arrested, he reported himself - Borno Government

The Ministry of Lo­cal Government and Emirate Affairs in Borno State has dismissed reports that the Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area, Shettima Mafa was ar­rested by the military for al­legedly harbouring a Boko Haram Commander.
There were Recall that re­ports over the weekend had it that Mafa was arrested by the military after a council­lor who discovered he was allegedly hiding a Boko Ha ram Commander in his house reported him to se­curity agents.
But, in a statement, the Commissioner for Local Government and Emir­ate Affairs, Usman Zanna maintained that the Chair­man was not arrested but he reported himself to the mil­itary.
Zanna, in the statement is­sued on Sunday, insisted that the military detained Mafa after he reported himself.
He said the suspect had for a long time been working closely with local hunters and military commanders in Mafa to lead communi­ty fight against insurgency.
The Commissioner, how­ever, said his ministry would not interfere with the inves­tigation.
The statement read in part, “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 to 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”, he added.

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