A serving Local Government chairman in Borno State has found himself in more trouble than he can handle after being caught harboring a Boko Haram militant.
Shettima Mafa, a serving local government chairman in Borno State, was last week arrested and detained by the military for allegedly keeping a suspected Boko Haram militant in his Maiduguri home.
News of his arrest, which began as a rumour, suddenly generated an uproar in the state when it began to trend in the social media.
Premium Times reports the Borno State government confirmed the incident on Sunday, describing it as a “worrisome twist” in the war against Boko Haram insurgency.
At the weekend, the news got to the media that a council chairman, whose local government was one of the strongholds of Boko Haram, was picked by the military for allegedly keeping a suspected insurgent in his house.
He was said to have been picked from his home to the military barracks. He has not been released since then.
The authorities at the 7 Division Nigeria Army, Maiduguri and those in the Theater Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, have not issued any statement to this effect.
Apparently embarrassed by the trending news about one of its most “trusted” council chairmen, the Borno government released a statement on the matter.
The statement, released by the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the government doubted the complicity of the council chairman in the activities of Boko Haram.
The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Usman Zanna, said the arrested council chairman had been in the forefront of assisting security operatives in the fight against Boko Haram. As such, he should not be the one being linked with the insurgents.