Ahmed Satomi, a federal lawmaker has reacted to the assault on a woman, Fadila Abdulrahman.
Satomi represents Jere Federal Constituency of Borno State.
A viral video had shown two men believed to be Satomi’s supporters assaulting a woman. The woman had allegedly criticized the lawmaker on Facebook. The thugs were also said to have burned down Abdulrahman’s shop at Shehu Sanda Kyarimi Park, in Maiduguri, the capital of the state.
Satomi, in his statement, rebutted the thugs were working for him.
“I, Hon Ahmed Satomi, Member House of Representative (Jere Federal Constituency of Borno State) regret that my attention has been drawn to some unsubstantiated claims or rather allegations that I was responsible for the demolition of a restaurant at an amusement park in Maiduguri a.k.a (Zuhura restaurant),” the statement reads.
“Yes, some unknown people were reported to have invaded from nowhere in one Keke Napep and razed the said restaurant due to their unexplained reasons.
“I want to categorically exonerate my humble self from such act, given the fact that it is on records that I am a staunch lover and supporter of economic self-reliance and development, before, during and after I became the federal lawmaker representing the good people of Jere Local Government Area.
Moreover, Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State, has ordered the thugs’ arrest.
A government statement says the governor was “extremely angry” about the incident.
“He is vehemently opposed to political thuggery, more so last night’s own was not just thuggery but also gender-based violence in a state with many international humanitarian partners with zero tolerance for gender-based violence. The Governor directed the CP to ensure the arrests were made last night and his orders were carried out,” said The Cable, while quoting a source.