Former governor of Kano state and Presidential Aspirant, Malam Ibrahim Shakarau has been arrested in connection with a strong link to Boko Haram.
Reports claimed the ex governor was arrested after he was invited on Tuesday morning by the nations Security to answer questions for his unholy activities, having a strong connection with Boko Haram.
However, the sketchy information did not indicate in what capacity, whether as an informant or as a financial supporter of the sect but it was said he was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) over allegations that he was instrumental to the emergence and sustenance of the deadly Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
A security source hinted that Mr. Shekarau was invited by the SSS today and remains with agency several hours after his arrest.
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Kano State governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has tasked the officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure that criminals and unlawful activities are reduced to the basest minimum during and beyond 2011 general elections.
Shekarau gave the charge while receiving the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammad, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office this week.
He said, “As we are getting to the peak of political activities in the country, it is hoped that the police will sit up and ensure that politicians conduct themselves in the best of behaviors”.
The governor further assured the police and other security agencies in the state of his continuous support and understanding. He also assured that the state government would at its own level not relent in reaching out to other politicians on the importance of ensuring peace and respect for others.
Shekarau commended security agencies, noting that his administration was not unaware of the various arrests of top criminals in recent years.
The new AIG, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammad said it was obvious from the records of the police in the state that its achievements depended greatly on the support of the Shekarau administration.
Mohammad said the current peace enjoyed in the state is not unconnected to the political will of the government in ensuring peace and stability.
He further assured of the determination to minimize crime during and after the election as well as ensuring stability and peaceful co-existence in the state.
Daily Trust (05-01-2011).