Alhaji Grema Terrab a gubernatorial aspirant in Borno state was arrested on Tuesday at a party attended by the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. The police did not, however, release an official statement until yesterday.
According to the Borno state police command on Friday, the Guber aspirant was arrested over allegations of murder and inciting disturbances.
The Commissioner of police for Borno state, Mr. Damian Chukwu in his statement said the arrest was done because of the murder and other allegations against the politician.
Chukwu said, “The command wishes to state categorically that while it is true that one Alhaji Grema Terrab has been arrested over his role in the offences of culpable homicide, inciting disturbances and sundry other offences, which occurred at his residence on 15th April 2018, most of the claims in the report under reference are false in its entirety.
“It is worthy of note that Terrab, on 15th April 2018, organized a political event at his residential quarters, contrary to security advice by the police.
“Expectedly, the meeting attracted a large crowd of people. In the course of the event, and right inside his residential premises, one Maina Mustapha Babagana, a 20-year-old welder, was stabbed to death by persons present at the event,” he said.
The commissioner further stated that after this the police invited the politician for the question but refused to honor any of the invitations. He went into hiding according to Chukwu, and after following due process, the politician was declared wanted.
He also stated that the corpse of the victim has been evacuated from the politician’s resident and those present at the scene of crime have been invited for questioning.
The commissioner confirmed that Terrab was arrested during a political visit by the former vice president Atiku Abubakar in Maiduguri.
He also stated that the suspect had been charged to court and the police will be neutral and fair in the discharge of their duties.