Obadiah Mailafia: Northern governors call for investigation

Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum
Tochi Juliet

Northern Governors Forum is set to investigate a claim made by the CBN ex-deputy governor, Dr Obadiah Mailafia that one of the northern governors is the sponsor of Bokoharam.

The Northern Governors Forum has called on security agencies to investigate the allegation.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, said the forum was worried about the weighty allegation made by Dr Mailafia, which must be thoroughly investigated.

According to him, the forum, which has been working with the Federal Government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of crimes in the region, finds the allegation “very weighty and deserves further investigation.”

Lalong said, “We as Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the northern region and the nation at large where we did condemn not only the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals but also engaged the President and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem.

To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet,” he maintained.

“We demand an immediate and thorough investigation.

He also urged Dr Mailafia and indeed all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and Governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.

The Governor further stated that he hopes that such allegations are not smeared campaigns or attempts to discourage the northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.

Lalong further said that the "Forum does not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group.; because Governors and their families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State was attacked."

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