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Nigeria: FG to release names of politicians linked with Boko Haram

The Federal Government is investigating some politicians with suspected links with the deadly Boko Haram Islamist terror group, national coordinator of National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, has said.

According Omeri, the Nigerian security forces, during their raid in terrorists’ forest in Bauchi State, discovered some materials that linked some politicians and a prominent political party to terrorists’ activities.

The coordinator, who spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, during a routine briefing on the current security situation in the country, promised that the government would reveal the names of the politicians and the party involved, stressing the it would not condone involvement of politicians in security issues.

He said, “After the last successful operations carried out by security forces to dislodge terrorists from their forest base in Darazo Local Government Area, end of the Balmo forest, some politicians are currently being investigated, following their link with activities in the forest.

“The politicians are being interrogated, following the recovery of some sensitive registration cards and other materials of a prominent political party that were found in the possession of some of the suspects arrested.

“Investigation is still ongoing to further unravel the identity of others that may have been involved and as soon as it is completed, we shall reveal the names of the culprits and the political party.”

Meanwhile, the Department of State Security (DSS) has described the the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protest as a franchise which harbor ulterior motives beyond their ostensible concern for the abducted girls..

“If it was not a franchise or an ordinary movement seeking to put more pressure on government and security operations to release this girls, there would be no need for the group to have tags,” insisting that “for them to have tags and be properly registered, we also know that they have a bank account.

“We know that they want to go to Asokoro extension and simulate some force movement where they will have foreign media and say they are matching into Sambisa and Chibok,” spokesperson of the department, Marilyn Ogar said during the briefing.

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