The military has launched a discreet probe into the activities of a senator from Borno State who is being accused of being sympathetic to the outlawed Boko Haram terrorist group.
Sources told THISDAY yesterday that Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna who was alleged to have breached the State of Emergency Rule Act through unguarded utterances and acts aimed at causing disaffection among troops engaged in the anti-terror war with the aim of causing mutiny was already on the run.
The legislator was said to have granted interviews to BBC Hausa Service, BBC English Service, Aljazeera and Saharareporters during which he made inciting statements “that betray his connections and contacts with the insurgents.”
According to an intelligence source: â€œThe senator, who is on the run now, has for several occasions flouted the State of Emergency Rule Act with unguarded utterances and inciting statements in sympathy for Boko Haram.
“We noted that he has been consistently doing this on BBC Hausa Service, BBC Television, Aljazeera and Saharareporters; claiming that the military has failed against the terrorists. He also boasted that the Boko Haram the military claimed to have destroyed are still intact and waxing stronger, meaning he knows where the hideouts of the insurgents are”.
The source said military authorities had reviewed some of the video clips where the senator was said to have granted an exclusive interview to Sahara Television, in which he betrayed his affinity to Boko Haram.
â€œThis senator needs to tell us what he knows about the Boko Haram insurgents that we donâ€™t because it seems he knows more too much about them and he needs to explain to us his relationship with these people.
“He is the one behind those funny stories in the media that our troops are running away from the insurgents. He said the military has done more harm than the Boko Haram insurgents.
“This man’s most damning comment during the interview regarding the continuing fight against the Islamist group is that he believes the military has been very lenient with Boko Haram.”
However, the senator disputed the allegations against him, saying the military is free to arrest him if there is need to do so.
Zannah, in a telephone interview with THISDAY last night, said: “If they have anything against me, they are free to arrest me. Did I say anything wrong? While they (troops) where there, why were Boko Haram attacking people, including in my home town? I’ve nothing to fear.”