The Ministry for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, which supervises chairmen of the 27 local government areas in Borno State, has described the arrest of the Chairman of Mafa council, Shettima Lawan Mafa, as a “a very worrisome twist”.
Mafa was at the weekend arrested for his alleged connection with the Boko Haram insurgency.
It noted that contrary to media reports, the chairman wasn’t arrested but reported himself to the military.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Ali Zanna, however said the ministry neither questioned the judgment and authority of the military nor exonerated Mafa of any wrongdoing so as not to pre-empt the outcome of ongoing investigation.
The Ministry said:
– The chairman in question was not arrested but reported himself to the military command after he got information that he was needed by the military.
– Contrary to reports that Mafa was arrested at the 1,000 housing estate on Maiduguri-Damaturu road, there was never any issue at the estate. Mafa lives at 505 housing estate located on Dikwa and Mafa road.