The Borno State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday accused loyalists of former governor of the state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, ? of engineering the rumour of the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Ahmed Shekau, in Maiduguri earlier in the day.

The party said the aim was to incite youths against humanitarian workers with intent to destabilise the fragile peace in parts of the state.

It accused a close associate of Sheriff of posting the rumour on his Facebook wall.

The APC asked  security agencies to invite  the man for investigation and prosecution.

Publicity Secretary of the APC, Makinta Zarami, who signed the statement said: “The APC in Borno State is worried that since former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff lost his case at the Supreme Court over the Chairmanship of the PDP, his loyalists have redirected their mischief to spread different rumours with the most dangerous, being that of today (yesterday).

“We were shocked that a known associate and one of the spokespersons of Sheriff’s group (name withheld), pasted on his Facebook wall, claiming that Abubakar Shekau was arrested by the Nigerian Military at a facility rented by agencies of the United Nations in a house belonging to late Governor Mala Kachalla.

“The same person  claimed that abducted lecturers of University of Maiduguri were rescued. Immediately after he pasted that, some loyalists of the former Governor began to share the information through different social media platforms.

“First, it was to incite youths in Maiduguri against hundreds of humanitarian workers in order to destabilize Borno State, just to create a political atmosphere of failure on the part of the APC-led government in Borno.

“Secondly, the rumour was to link Boko Haram with the late  Mala Kachalla who was a known political opponent of Sheriff, so as to cleverly distance Sheriff from issues relating to Boko Haram.”

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