Senator Admits Boko Haram Top Commander Is Nephew But Denies He Was Arrested In His Home

Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna of the Borno Central Senatorial District has denied that suspected Boko Haram top commander Mohammed Shuaibu Bama was arrested in his Damboa Road home, in Maiduguri’s GRA.

Speaking to newsmen in a telephone interview, Zanna confirmed that the suspect is his nephew, but asserted that there was nothing more than that. He said he was not harbouring Bama and that the suspect was not actually arrested in his home.

He challenged security agents, whom he accused of harassing and beating children in his house yesterday, to go and investigate the man’s relationship with the people in whose home he was arrested.

“They said they arrested the man in the house of a lawmaker in Damboa Road, and there is no any lawmaker in Damboa Road except me,” he said.  “They did not arrest him in my house, they went to my house but did not find him, and instead they arrested children in my house and put them inside hot sun and started beating them. And they asked them whether they know Shuaibu Bama, and one of the boys answered yes. He then took them to where they arrest Shuaibu Bama.”

On his relationship with the suspect, he answered, “Shuaibu Bama is a son of my sister. But the lie is what they are saying that they arrested him in my house, which is lie. And we cannot hide or harbour a Boko Haram sect member. And since he was not arrested in my house, they should go and investigate his relationship with people they arrested him in their house. I don’t know anything about it and just heard yesterday.”

-Sahara Reporters


  1. Its shameful that this senator can open his mouth and talk like this. My concern is the fact that he had relationship with the person. How come the children that was beaten in his house took them to where the guy is? Its obvious he is part of the people behind their operation. God will expose all of you. Mscheeeew, bad radiant!!!

  2. God will punish this senator..dint he knw that guy has been wanted? Why dint he tell the authorites all this while,that guy should be arrested to for no sharing the wherabouts of his nephew..

  3. Its really pathetic what †ђξ so called law makers are doing in d̶̲̥̅̊i§ country. He knew fully well that his nephew is a BH member, not jʊ§†̥ a member but a top commander αη∂ yet he didn’t d̶̲̥̅̊ǿ anything about Ȋ̝̊̅†̥. What a pity.

  4. What a shameless man U̶̲̥̅̊ are. Senator, so U̶̲̥̅̊ know Bama a Boko Haram sect commander all these years? How many more people where U̶̲̥̅̊ waiting for him and his sect to kill? Already over 2.5million lives have been killed by U̶̲̥̅̊ and ur nephew. You are also a member. It is unfortunate that we have a weak govt U̶̲̥̅̊ will finally go free but God will judge U̶̲̥̅̊ for ur wickedness. You will die one day like those innocent Nigerians that where killed for nothing. Evil genius.

  5. It’s interesting to see that another lawmaker is being linked to this boko haram issue. However the case of the previous senator has never been mentioned again talk less of it being resolved. This case will most likely play out the same way. Summary , most of our top leaders have soiled hands so they cannot point any finger in case fingers begin pointing at them also.

  6. This Senator should be arrested for Habouring a fugitive, obstructing justice, he cannot say he doent know what his so called nephew is doing? But trust me, we won’t hear abt this case again, because a senator is involved, dis is not the first time case of Senator/ boko haram has suffaced.

  7. What the senator is talking @ this point is baseless.Was the senator not aware that the guy is a terrorist and J.T.F has been looking for him?I think the senator has to be sanction very well.All his statements ar not consistent.The senator is one of them

  8. Even if the BH commander wasn’t arrested @ the law maker’s residence, I believe he knew the whereabouts of the terrorist & he never reported his location to the security operatives. This makes him an accessory to BH activities

  9. Lets also not forget that sometimes even our biological childs character might be alien to us. Despite that we must take responsibility for their actions and inactions.

  10. Dat senator, s a mad man, wo does he tink he can play wv dier inteligency.. Will he tell me dat wot he did nt knw a boy in his house knws… Let d right tin b done 2 d fulish idiot…..

  11. That senator is a disgrace to humanity, well, is only in nigeria that anything goes, he may be above the law if not he supposed to be rotten in jail by now.

  12. Infact this statement is so simple,a man caught to be a leader of a sect an you (dishonourable) was saying is your nephew.Haba who is fooling who?even your premise and conclusion shows that you are one of them.walahi God will purnish you and your family.Jonathan where the hell are you .

  13. Na God go funish ur pamily eben ya children nd zat op your genrations! U deh crazy po ur head. Ur childeren i know zat bama is a boko haram nd nw u tell me zat no be ur hause jtf e kacham po him, eben u talkam say jtf bittam po ya children po sun, WALAHI mek jtf kacham po this sanator ZANNA walahi na boko haram, kai kai kai kai zanna ur bery wucked


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