The Nigerian Army has accused the Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Shettima Lawan, and his father of being Boko Haram members.
Lawan and his father have been arrested by the Army.
Confirming their arrest on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, during a press conference, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said, “All I can say is that the chairman is a big supporter of Boko Haram.
“We heard that he harboured Boko Haram members along with his father. He kept the Boko Haram members because the father begged him to do so.
“The chairman was in the habit of accommodating people that had fled from the bush.
“At some point, he has been valuable to us being with the Civilian JTF to fight Boko Haram; but that does not mean we cannot investigate him for a crime like this.
“We have also arrested the Vice Chairman of Kaga Local government and he is undergoing interrogation.”