Ex-Governor Sheriff admits visiting Kano Airport, but blames report of visit on political rivals

A former Borno state Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Monday, admitted visiting the Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday while the Chad-bound Russian aircraft carrying military hardware was being detained.

He however blamed PREMIUM TIMES’ report of his visit to the Kano Airport on those he called his political rivals.

Mr. Sheriff had on Saturday night paid a curious visit to the Kano Airport during which he requested two security officials at the airport to lead him on a discreet tour of the detained aircraft, a development that sparked widespread speculation across the country.

Nigerians wondered what his real intentions were especially given his well-known closeness to the President of Chad, the actual destination of the detained aircraft.

But while admitting that he indeed travelled through the airport that night, he failed to confirm or deny whether he inspected the plane as reported by multiple inside sources who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES.

“At the risk of exposing my private programme and movement last week, I like to say, all the same, that I left Abuja for Katsina last Thursday for the wedding ceremony of Muhammed, son of my friend, Lamai Hassan, who died 20 years ago,” he said. “After the wedding, I needed to return to Abuja on Saturday with other friends through the Kano International Airport, since there was no direct flight from Katsina.”

While our sources said he passed through the airport at around 10 p.m. that day, the former governor said he passed by the airport earlier than the time stated in our report. He did not say exactly when, but he claimed to have attended a meeting at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja at 9 p.m. that day.

He also failed to explain whether or not he embarked on a guided tour of the airport at whatever time he visited the airport that Saturday.

“I hereby use this means to say to my adversaries anywhere they may be that their evil motives to soil may name and hard earned reputation will not stand,” he said. “Those who are drawn into the conspiracy to hack me down under any guise will always fail as much I am certain that they will continue to get soaked in the whirlpool of self-delusion and hopelessness.”

He added, “To round up, I will not be tired of dismissing every report linking me with terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. On this note, I reiterate that as a Nigerian who had served two tenures in the Senate and two terms as a governor of Borno State, I have not, and I will never have anything to do with a group or individuals who like to pull down Nigeria or any part of it, while I say categorically again that I have nothing to do with terrorists and insurgents in any part of Nigeria, as my conscience can bear me witness.”


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  • Wähala

    Modu Sheriff must be the Padre Pio of Islam… being in two places at a time is as mystical as it is fabulous. Whodinni !!
    Talking about “hard earned reputation” as if Dumbo’s reputation as incompetent and clueless was presented to him on a platter. In politics, what is not denied is confirmed. As widely reported, he visited the cargo plane and the Manifest of 2-boxes weighing 10,000lbs must be “Sheriff’s Share” of the arms deal. The only person Dr. Davis’ mentioned by name as a major sponsor of terrorism is Ali Modu Sheriff, that is his legacy and reputation as far as the world is concerned. So, being friends with Jona Dumbo only makes them thugs with the same thirst for blood… Psychopaths!

    • Mark Critical alal

      ALWAYS BE FAIR AND JUST EVEN TO AN ENEMY. HERE IS SHERIFF’S STATEMENT. LOGICALLY, CAN SHERIFF INSPECT AN AIRCRAFT UNDER THE GUARD OF SOLDIERS. IS HE AN FG OFFICIAL? FRENCH GOVERNMENT SAID IT OWNS THE CONSIGNMENT BUT WE ARE HERE ACCUSING A MAN OF BEING THE OWNER OF THE SAME AIRCRAFT. WHAT A BEER PARLOUR OR MOTOR PARK LOGIC IS THIS.

      READ THE SHERIFF’S STATEMENT.
      “Some few hours ago, my attention was drawn to a publication by the Premium Times on-line with a caption, “Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, In Secret Visit To Arms-laden Chad-bound Plane Detained In Nigeria”.

      “I read the report with consternation, much as I felt scandalised to be linked again to an issue I absolutely knew nothing about. For me, the publication has a ring of a conspiracy meant to dragging my name in the mud by some cowardly, malicious and unschooled political rivals who, in their little minds, love to engage ill-trained media persons to peddle lies against me.

      “I hereby use this means to say to my adversaries anywhere they may be that their evil motives to soil may name and hard earned reputation will not stand. Those who are drawn into the conspiracy to hack me down under any guise will always fail as much I am certain that they will continue to get soaked in the whirlpool of self-delusion and hopelessness.

      “Let me declare with strong emphasis that the report in the Premium Times which oozes strong elements of libel is utterly untrue, illogical, malicious and very distasteful. The authors, if anything, only succeeded in exposing their ignorance, lack of integrity and gross misconduct rooted in their feeble grab of the basic tenets of journalism which they were taught to uphold.

      “I had nothing whatsoever to do with the grounded foreign Aircraft in Kano, a reason the Premium Times report fell flat in deceit and misinformation.

      “At the risk of exposing my private programme and movement last week, I like to say, all the same, that I left Abuja for Katsina last Thursday for the wedding ceremony of Muhammed, son of my friend Lamai Hassan who died 20 years ago. After the wedding, I needed to return to Abuja on Saturday with other friends through the Kano International Airport, since there was no direct flight from Katsina. The alibi I had was a meeting that I attended at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja at 9.00pm on Saturday; whereas the report quoted an unreal source that I visited the Kano International Airport at 10.00pm same day!. What a report! What incongruity! What a blatant lie!

      “Indeed, I dare anyone who said he saw me at the Airport having anything to do with the detained Aircraft to produce evidence, much as I will be instructing my legal team to take steps towards defending my name on this issue.

      “I found it most interesting that the same Premium Times which insinuated that I visited the Kano International Airport to lobby for the release of the Aircraft, within a short spate of time, reported that Russia had claimed ownership, while the cargo was hired by France for delivery of military equipment in the Central African Republic. I wonder what business I had with either Russia or France to be negotiating the release of the detained Aircraft, even at an odd time suggested by Premium Times. Can someone just pay attention to the contradictions in the two reports published by Premium Times which sought to put me on the spot, needlessly?

      “It is against this background that I like to advise our brothers and sisters in the pen profession to refrain from giving journalism a bad image in Nigeria. The manner Journalism is practiced in civilized climes makes the profession to earn respect with a high rating as the Fourth Estate of the Realm. We need to take a cue from this if we are to use the media to help ensure the growth and development of Nigeria.

      “It amounts to making Journalism over-reach itself as a profession when practitioners willfully submit themselves to the agenda of Pull Him Down, Character assassination, bearing of false witness and peddling of falsehood in general.

      “To round up, I will not be tired of dismissing every report linking me with terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. On this note, I reiterate that as a Nigerian who had served two tenures in the Senate and two terms as a governor of Borno State, I have not, and I will never have anything to do with a group or individuals who like to pull down Nigeria or any part of it, while I say categorically again that I have nothing to do with terrorists and insurgents in any part of Nigeria, as my conscience can bear me witness.”

  •  мσνιc

    This bh boss still av the guts to talk in public? Oh I forgot they said Gej gave us freedom of speech.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Can you believe anything a lying awusa man tells you, especially when it comes from a koran-reading mullah? Believe him, and you can as well believe anything.

    • amazing2012

      Goat is Ali Mad Shaitan an Ausa ? Go and read our national ethnographiy before you open your mouth to confirm ignorance.

    • amazing2012

      Can you say an Ijaw is Igbo and blame his action on Igbo ? Go and read please !

    • Ahmad

      Your mouth stinks like your mother’s “garden-city” known for mass production of factory babies. Ethno-religious bigot like you.

    • mib

      Watch your tongue and direct your insults to Madu sheriff. Don’t even start with qur’an, or muslim. Every man shall b judge according to his actions and words.

      • Colonel M. Mariam

        Who the hell is “MADU” Sherriff? Are you alright or should we consult a psychiatrist on your behalf?
        You better watch your language the next time you barge into an adult conversation.Little boy!!!

        • mib

          Just look at how shallow you are, you can’t even comprehend a simple statement, I only ask garden city boy to refrain from from bringing religion to the issue. ALI MADU is a devil as far as am concern. Only god will judge him. As for you please go back to your English class, certainly u skipped class.

  • FortB

    Premium Times is being mischievous reporting snippets of the official statement made by Sheriff. Below is the full statement as reported by Daily Trust Newspaper. You can draw your own conclusions……….

    Sheriff denies link with Russian Cargo Plane

    Category: News

    Published on Monday, 08 December 2014 09:49

    Written by Hamza Idris, Maiduguri
    Hits: 6922

    Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Monday denied allegations that he has a link with the arms-Laden Russian cargo plane which was intercepted by Nigerian security at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday. Sheriff, in a statement he issued to newsmen alleged that the story, carried by an online medium was planted by some parties that are opposed to him. “Some few hours ago, my attention was drawn to a publication by the Premium Times on-line with a caption, “Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, In Secret Visit To Arms-laden Chad-bound Plane Detained In Nigeria. “I read the report with consternation, much as I felt scandalised to be linked again to an issue I absolutely knew nothing about. For me, the publication has a ring of a conspiracy meant to dragging my name in the mud by some cowardly, malicious and unschooled political rivals who, in their little minds, love to engage ill-trained media persons to peddle lies against me. “I hereby use this means to say to my adversaries anywhere they may be that their evil motives to soil my name and hard earned reputation will not stand. Those who are drawn into the conspiracy to hack me down under any guise will always fail as much I am certain that they will continue to get soaked in the whirlpool of self-delusion and hopelessness.

    “At the risk of exposing my private programme and movement last week, I like to say, all the same, that I left Abuja for Katsina last Thursday for the wedding ceremony of Muhammed, son of my friend Lamai Hassan who died 20 years ago. After the wedding, I needed to return to Abuja on Saturday with other friends through the Kano International Airport,
    since there was no direct flight from Katsina. The alibi I had was a meeting that I attended at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja at 9.00pm on Saturday; whereas the report quoted an unreal source that I visited the Kano International Airport at 10.00pm same day!. What a report! What incongruity! What a blatant lie!” Sheriff said.

    • tundemash

      Mr. Modu’s spokesman … since when did the terrorist financier started taking commercial flights? Did his private jet develop technical fault too like Russian plane and decided to land in Kano too ?

      Could you also let us know when Modu, the terrorist financier, will sue the Australian Mr. Davis as promised months ago for tarnishing his “image”.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Messmess, look at the content of the comment and disprove it.

      • Dan Arewa

        He is waiting for Kashamu (D. R. U. G…..T) to finish filing his case against Obasanjo before they go to court together.

  • Sharia_Haram

    The fact is that he is a Muslim. When will Muslims stop the sharia killing of non-Muslims?

  • Mark Critical alal

    PREMIUM TIMES IS NOT BEING FAIR AND BALANCED IN THIS REPORT.
    WHY REPORTING AN EXTRACT OF ALI SHERIFF’S STATEMENT. BELOW IS THE FUTURE STATEMENT AND TO BE FAIR TO THE MAN, HE DID CLEAR HIMSELF ON THE ISSUE OF THE DETAINED RUSSIAN CARGO AIRCRAFT.
    “Some few hours ago, my attention was drawn to a publication by the Premium Times on-line with a caption, “Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, In Secret Visit To Arms-laden Chad-bound Plane Detained In Nigeria”.

    “I read the report with consternation, much as I felt scandalised to be linked again to an issue I absolutely knew nothing about. For me, the publication has a ring of a conspiracy meant to dragging my name in the mud by some cowardly, malicious and unschooled political rivals who, in their little minds, love to engage ill-trained media persons to peddle lies against me.

    “I hereby use this means to say to my adversaries anywhere they may be that their evil motives to soil may name and hard earned reputation will not stand. Those who are drawn into the conspiracy to hack me down under any guise will always fail as much I am certain that they will continue to get soaked in the whirlpool of self-delusion and hopelessness.

    “Let me declare with strong emphasis that the report in the Premium Times which oozes strong elements of libel is utterly untrue, illogical, malicious and very distasteful. The authors, if anything, only succeeded in exposing their ignorance, lack of integrity and gross misconduct rooted in their feeble grab of the basic tenets of journalism which they were taught to uphold.

    “I had nothing whatsoever to do with the grounded foreign Aircraft in Kano, a reason the Premium Times report fell flat in deceit and misinformation.

    “At the risk of exposing my private programme and movement last week, I like to say, all the same, that I left Abuja for Katsina last Thursday for the wedding ceremony of Muhammed, son of my friend Lamai Hassan who died 20 years ago. After the wedding, I needed to return to Abuja on Saturday with other friends through the Kano International Airport, since there was no direct flight from Katsina. The alibi I had was a meeting that I attended at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja at 9.00pm on Saturday; whereas the report quoted an unreal source that I visited the Kano International Airport at 10.00pm same day!. What a report! What incongruity! What a blatant lie!

    “Indeed, I dare anyone who said he saw me at the Airport having anything to do with the detained Aircraft to produce evidence, much as I will be instructing my legal team to take steps towards defending my name on this issue.

    “I found it most interesting that the same Premium Times which insinuated that I visited the Kano International Airport to lobby for the release of the Aircraft, within a short spate of time, reported that Russia had claimed ownership, while the cargo was hired by France for delivery of military equipment in the Central African Republic. I wonder what business I had with either Russia or France to be negotiating the release of the detained Aircraft, even at an odd time suggested by Premium Times. Can someone just pay attention to the contradictions in the two reports published by Premium Times which sought to put me on the spot, needlessly?

    “It is against this background that I like to advise our brothers and sisters in the pen profession to refrain from giving journalism a bad image in Nigeria. The manner Journalism is practiced in civilized climes makes the profession to earn respect with a high rating as the Fourth Estate of the Realm. We need to take a cue from this if we are to use the media to help ensure the growth and development of Nigeria.

    “It amounts to making Journalism over-reach itself as a profession when practitioners willfully submit themselves to the agenda of Pull Him Down, Character assassination, bearing of false witness and peddling of falsehood in general.

    “To round up, I will not be tired of dismissing every report linking me with terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. On this note, I reiterate that as a Nigerian who had served two tenures in the Senate and two terms as a governor of Borno State, I have not, and I will never have anything to do with a group or individuals who like to pull down Nigeria or any part of it, while I say categorically again that I have nothing to do with terrorists and insurgents in any part of Nigeria, as my conscience can bear me witness.” The statement said

  • Abubakar sfada

    Naija we are serious problems, oh Allah have Macy for our nation, a real terrorist has mouth to talk publicaly, m Sharif ur name have already in to book for killing ur every North people just for selfish interest, U will die wit ur bad ambition Allah wil nt allow U to succeeded ur mission.

  • Sani Musa

    Do we call this co-incidence. But is it proper to be uttering complicating statements? Well my people say one be one day monkey go go market but no go return and he who laugh last laugh best.

  • Ado Masoyi

    Our God will expose all BH sponsors at the appropriate time,IJN

  • Dan Arewa

    One funny thing about this wicked man’s comment is ” may name and hard earned reputation”. I wonder which reputation he is talking about. To Nigerians, he is a Boko Haram promoter, sponsor/financier. May be he is talking about his reputation to Jonah and his cohorts, not good Nigerians.