The Senator has accused the JTF of extra-judicial killings.
The interrogation of a Senator, Ahmad Zannah, by the State Security Service, SSS, over his alleged link with the Boko Haram sect will continue, Tuesday, at the service headquarters in Abuja.
Mr. Zannah was interrogated for nearly 9 hours Monday where the embattled Senator reportedly told the SSS that he was being targetted by the JTF because he asked for their withdrawal from Maiduguri over their gross abuse of human rights and wanton killing of civilians and destruction of property.
The JTF had claimed that it arrested a senior Boko Haram commander in a Maiduguri home of a serving senator. Though the Task Force did not mention the Senator, multiple sources had told PREMIUM TIMES that the arrest was carried out in the house of Mr. Zannah.
The Senator denied the allegation and claimed that his political rivals are angling to frame him up over his “historic defeat of former governor Ali Modu Sheriff” during the election of 2011.
Shortly before heading for the SSS office, Monday, he also reportedly told reporters that the JTF’s killing spree continued last Saturday when officers of the inter agency security outfit shot and killed 15 boys who were playing football.
“Let me tell you something, just the day before yesterday (Saturday), without any provocation, they went and killed innocent boys playing football at a field – about 15 of them. They just shot them all, everybody ran away and they took their bodies to the hospital,” he said.
Mr. Zannah also said: “The constitution does not allow them to kill people at will. I have started exposing them. We have been quiet for some time and when we saw that nothing was happening, nobody is restraining them, so we had to speak out because people are just being killed unnecessarily.”
However, Military authorities swiftly denied Mr. Zannah’s accusation in a response by the Director Army Public Relations, Bola Koleosho.
“When does it become an offence or an illegality to play football? While we don’t want to join issues with the senator, this doesn’t simply add up,”Mr. Koleosho, a Brigadier General said.
Mr. Koleosho also said the senator’s claim that the JTF wanted to set him up because of his criticism of the military was flawed.
“Sincerely speaking, you don’t call a dog a bad name to hang it. Please does it add up? We are all stakeholders in this Nigerian project. There is nobody in JTF that can do that. Of course except if he is saying that everybody in JTF is mad”.
Also the former governor of Borno State and current chairman of the Board of Trustees of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has denied culpability over the troubles of Mr. Zannah.
In a statement issued, Monday, by his Special Assistant, Umar Duhu, Mr. Sheriff referred to Zanna as a “drowning man who is desperately looking for somebody to hang for his sins.”