Operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, continued the questioning of Senator Khlaifa Ahmad Zanna, yesterday, trying to establish his relationship with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, based on information given by Zanna, former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, is to be invited to shed light on what the lawmaker had said about him.
The interrogation, which started on Monday, followed the arrest of Shuaibu Bama, the Senator’s nephew in a house said to be owned by the embattled lawmaker, who represents Borno Central in the National Assembly.
The arrest of Bama by the Joint Task Force, JTF, raised suspicion that the lawmaker might be connected with the sect in some ways and prompted his invitation by the SSS.
Zanna, who reportedly turned himself in to the SSS headquarters around 11 am, yesterday, was still being questioned as at 7p.m when our correspondent made enquiries about the progress of the interrogation.
A competent security source told Vanguard that the Senator was still being grilled by the operatives and that he had more ‘issues’ to respond to given the gravity of the matter over which he was invited.
The source hinted that while the man had made some useful statements to the SSS, he was yet to see the Director General of the agency, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, whom, our correspondent learnt, was not readily disposed to seeing him.
The source said: “The Senator still has many things to tell the operatives and I cannot say precisely when he will be freed because the DG has not yet seen him.
“The man was given a form to complete and he used the first few hours to do so and his interrogation has just begun.
“His release will depend on when the operatives are through with him and if the DG would like to question him or not,” the source hinted.
SSS to invite Modu Sheriff
The source said that the SSS was interested in getting to know if indeed Sheriff was colluding with the JTF to frame the Senator as he (Zanna) has claimed.
Zanna had alleged that the house where Bama was arrested belongs to the former governor and not himself, claiming further that Sheriff was colluding with the JTF to tarnish his image by alleging that he was a Boko Haram sponsor.
But on Channels Television last night, Sheriff took Zanna to the cleaners, asking him to explain how a wanted Boko Haram kingpin, who he recognises as his nephew ended up in his house.