Shekarau quizzed, released, over alleged links with Boko Haram

Ibrahim Shekarau

Former governor of Kano State and presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party in last April’s general election, Ibrahim Shekarau, was quizzed, and then released by the State Security Service.

A security source told Premium Times the former government was interrogated on Monday at the SSS headquarters in Abuja over allegations that he had some links with the extremist Boko Haram sect.

He was however released, while investigations continue into the allegations against him, our source said. Mr. Shekarau has since returned to Kano where he denied being a guest of the SSS.

When contacted, spokesperson for the SSS, Maryln Ogar, only said Mr. Shekarau was not in her agency’s custody. She refused to say whether he was interrogated or not.

However, our source, a top level official, said the former governor was quizzed for hours on Monday and then allowed to go home. 

On arrival back in Kano, his spokesperson, Sule Yau, said his boss “is not under arrest, contrary to rumours making the rounds on the internet.” 

He dismissed reports of Mr. Shekarau’s arrest as “wicked imagination of persons needlessly unsettled by the growing popularity of the former governor.”

Mr. Yau did not however say whether or not his boss visited the SSS headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

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