Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, at a news conference held at the 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri the Borno State capital, said that Shettima Lawan, the Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area, was arrested by the Army for his link with Boko Haram.
“All I can say is that the chairman is a big supporter of Boko Haram,” he said
“We heard that he harboured Boko Haram members along with his father. He kept the Boko Haram members because the father begged him to do so.
“The chairman was in the habit of accommodating people that had fled from the bush.” He added
Usman Zanna, a Borno State Commissioner, had noted that the Mafa LGA Chairman wasn’t arrested, but rather he reported himself to the army.
He described the report about his arrest as a worrisome twist.
“It is a twist because, for years, the caretaker chairman has been known for his courage in joining hunters to go into front lines to battle Boko Haram fighters. His commitment in the fight against insurgents is known to different Army Commanders that served in Mafa local government area in the last two years.” Zanna said.
However, Gen. Irabor who confirmed that the Chairman was with the Civilian JTF in the fight against Boko Haram also noted that he must be investigated for the crime.
“At some point, he has been valuable to us being with the Civilian JTF to fight Boko Haram; but that does not mean we cannot investigate him for a crime like this.” Mr. Irabor said.
The general also said that the army arrested the Vice Chairman of Kaga Local Government.