Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima’s aide, Junaid Khadi was on Tuesday paraded by the Department of State Services (DSS) alongside six others for duping the federal government after posing as Boko Haram members in the failed ceasefire deal between the government and the purported Islamic sect members.
DSS spokesman, Marilyn Ogar told journalists that 45-year-old Khadi, a Special Adviser to the governor connived with Abubakar Yussuf, Saleh Alhaji Ibrahim, Abdullahi Saleh, Nurudeen Ibrahim, Mubarak Adamu and Mustapha Maiduguri(all pictured) to dupe the federal government of millions of naira.
The suspects were said to have contrived the plot with the Australian self-styled hostage negotiator, Steven Davis.
Ogar said: “Recall that on August 29, 2014, one Steven Davis, an Australian self-styled negotiator for the Boko Haram sect, had alleged that Sen Ali-Modu Sheriff and former chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika were among chief sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.
“Davis premised his findings on discussions with several field commanders of the sect who allegedly expressed willingness of the sect to negotiate with the federal government if Davis would spearhead such dialogue. To buttress this, he posted a photograph of himself taken in 2013 with some of the alleged sect members.
“Based on the allegation, this Service initiated an in-depth investigation into the matter. Consequently, seven associates of Davis were arrested and it has been established that they were part of a well-orchestrated plan to spread falsehood, undermine and discredit efforts of government to end terrorism,” Ogar said.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction to the parade of Borno State governor’s aide, Khadi, a media associate of the governor, Isa Gusau, disclosed that Khadi was first appointed an adviser by former governor Sheriff in 2010 and was merely retained by Shettima on Sheriff’s request in 2011.
He said: “First, let it be noted that our clarification here is not intended to pronounce Khadi guilty of whatever reasons that led to his arrest. The clarification is simply to put the records in their proper perspective.
“Alhaji Junaid Idrissa Khadi was a Special Adviser to Governor Kashim Shettima following his appointment in 2013 on the insistence of Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff who, at that time, had the listening ears of his successor, Governor Shettima. Khadi is known to be an associate of ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
“It was Sheriff as Governor of Borno State that first appointed Khadi in 2010 as one of his special advisers without known designation given the fact that most advisers under Sheriff as governor had no clear jurisdiction. When Shettima succeeded Sheriff as governor in 2011, he appointed his advisers without Khadi. Sheriff persistently requested that Shettima appoint Khadi as an adviser in charge of Religious Affairs which Shettima later accepted in 2013, two years after other advisers were already in office.
“Khadi, as everyone can attest to, remained closer to Sheriff before he was sacked by Shettima four months ago when Governor Shettima dissolved his cabinet.
“It is important to note that Governor Shettima never found Khadi with any questionable character at the time he was appointed. If at all Khadi had any questionable character, such can only be best known by those he first associated with before Shettima became a Governor in 2011 or perhaps, those that persistently recommended him to Shettima for reappointment.
“The governor expects that anyone found guilty of committing any crime that goes against the provisions of the Nigerian constitution and other existing laws be made to face the full wrath of the law after a competent court pronounces him guilty with no iota of doubt,” Gusau stated.