Balmo Forest raid: FG Investigating politicians sponsoring Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

The Federal Government said on Wednesday that it is investigating some unnamed politicians with alleged links to the sponsorship of activities of Boko Haram terrorist sect.

Mike Omeri, Coordinator, National Information told journalists that the investigation of the politicians followed the recent operations carried out by security forces to dislodge terrorist from their forest bases in the Darazo Local Government Area end of the Balmo 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.

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“Accordingly, we wish to emphasise that the government, particularly the security agencies will not condone the involvement of politicians in security matters,” Omeri said.

He then drew the attention of Nigerians to what he described as “recent on-line media publications targeted at fuelling separatist agitations in certain parts of the country.

“These publications, to say the least, can only succeed in sowing seeds of hatred, rancour and confusion among peace-loving Nigerians. We, therefore, call on Nigerians, wherever they may find themselves to ignore the obnoxious publications by some misguided elements, who are bent on truncating the democratic process which the present administration is striving to nurture.

“The unity of Nigeria is not negotiable,” Omeri added.