Alhaji Lawal Wasaram, the Chairman of Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State, in his response to the report by the Nigerian Army concerning the arrest of his Vice, Mallam Mustapha Bukar, said there was no such arrest made.
Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, had stated that the Vice Chairman of the LGA was arrested and was being investigated for his alleged connection to Boko Haram.
However, Wasaram noted that the allegation was not true in a statement in Maiduguri yesterday.
“The attention of my council has been drawn to an allegation made by the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, during a live briefing on Operation Rescue Final, Wednesday.
“The military claimed that they had arrested my Vice Chairman, Malam Mustapha Bukar, and that he is in their custody for connection with Boko Haram.
“I, therefore, stress that the report was untrue and total misinterpretation of facts. Neither my Vice Chairman nor councillors are being investigated or detained over any criminal offence.
“We, therefore, advise that the military issue a statement to disclaim and exonerate him from this serious allegation before it becomes a potential threat to his life and integrity.
“We also regret that this allegation was already aired live on NTA, Channels and many online media.”
In his reaction to the statement by Wasaram, Gen. Irabor, said;
“We have sorted this out since yesterday. The Vice Chairman of Bama Local Government Area is the one in our custody and currently being investigated.”