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Sheriff should defend himself in court -Borno

Secretary to the Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Jidda, has asked the former Governor of the state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to stop politicising allegation by Australian Stephen Davis that he (Sheriff) is one of the sponsors of the terror group, Boko Haram.

Jidda said this on Tuesday a few hours after Sheriff addressed a press conference in Maiduguri alleging that the allegation against him of financing Boko Haram was hatched in the state.

The SSG, who was reacting on behalf of the state government, said, “Ali Modu Sheriff was putting the cat before the horse in order to politicise the allegations against him and find a scapegoat and an easy escape route.”

He said it was a planned diversion by Sheriff, who was seeking all means to come clean, saying the former governor planned to curry public sympathy by accusing the Borno State Government of being behind the allegations against him by Davis.

The SSG, in a statement, said, “Just two weeks ago, Sheriff told the world at a media briefing in Abuja that he was taking Davis to court in London or so and in reaction, the Nigerian media reported Davis saying he was ready to provide evidence in court in Australia or so when Sheriff takes him to court.

“This is one part. On another part, the Department of State Security said it was probing Sheriff over the allegations and Mr President, Goodluck Jonathan said last weekend through his spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati, that the security agencies were probing the allegations against Sheriff and findings will be made public.

“The question now is: why is Sheriff putting the cart before the horse?”

“Why can’t he pursue his case in court, defend whatever evidence brought by Davis and clear his name? Also, why wouldn’t he await the findings of the Nigerian security agencies that said they are probing him as confirmed by the President?”

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