“I am not a party to their action,”– Rep member
A Borno lady and popular food seller were yesterday seen in a viral Facebook post being beaten by thugs who said they were acting on behalf of a member of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Satomi.
The thugs who were with dangerous weapons said the woman in question had “disrespected the First time member of the House of Reps in a viral Facebook post that suggests the lawmaker is no longer popular to win 2023 elections.
To that effect the gang of thugs were seen bullying and harassing the lady while threatening to kill her should she ever speak negatively against the federal lawmaker who represents Jere Local Government Federal constituency.
The Federal Lawmaker, Engineer Ahmed Satomi has since issued a statement denying any link with the outrageous video which was widely condemned by members of the Borno community.
In the video, one of the thugs was seen chasing after the lady who was yelling and crying for her life. Another section of the clip showed the lady lying on the floor while a thug repeatedly slapped her even as he threatened in Hausa that “wallahi if you are a man I will have killed you and nothing will happen. On the matter of Satomi, we can sacrifice our blood. How dare you insult Satomi, he is way out of your league. Satomi is not a person you trivialized in this state ….”
Another photo splashed on social media had also shown how the lady’s shanty where she sells food was demolished by the thugs who also threw away her food items.
Hours later, after several calls on him to react, the lawmaker issued a press statement denying any link with the thugs or the incident
“I, Hon Ahmed Satomi, Member House of Representatives (Jere Federal Constituency of Borno State) regret that my attention has been drawn to an incident that happened with Ms Fadila Abdullaraham last Sunday, January 22, at Shehu Sanda Kyarimi Park in Maiduguri.
” I am deeply saddened by the occurrence of such an incident and especially to a woman, but more worrisome that this was perpetrated under my name.
“I want to categorically exonerate my humble self from this act and any of such that occur in the future.
” It is on record that I am a staunch lover and supporter of economic self-reliance and development, and that has a history even before I became a lawmaker representing the good people of Jere Federal Constituency. This fact has not changed and I am still on a drive to support the vulnerable and motivate many young people to look up to me as a role model.
” I want to use this medium to assure the general public that since I received the news, I have alerted the relevant security agencies to carry full investigation and bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book, and justice for Fadila will be served as appropriate.
“I would like to reiterate the fact that I am and would never be a harbour to criminals and their acts, I do not support political thuggery (ECOMOGS) as widely stipulated or insinuated.
“I am in full support of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s policy on banning all thuggery activities across Borno State and will ensure that together we achieve zero to any form of violence across our dear state.
” On a final note, I sympathize with Ms Fadila on the unfortunate incident and urge the general public to be calm while we find justice for Fadila. Be rest assured of my commitment to justice and betterment of the lives of the good people of Jere, Borno and by extension Nigerians as a whole.” Satomi stated.
In the same development, Concerned Jere Progressive Group (COJEPG) and the entire supporters of Hon Ahmed Satomi, member Federal House of Representative (Jere constituency of Borno State) expressed shock over the incident, describing the report on social media as unsubstantiated claims and baseless.
Leader of COJEPG, Comrade Mustapha Kwali Kwali at a press briefing in Maiduguri who was flanked by his members said, “we categorically exonerate our own Federal Lawmaker, Hon Satomi from such act, giving the fact that, the Lawmaker who has been doing all he could to better the lives of the people of the state before, during when he was the Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and as well, after he became the federal lawmaker representing the good people of Jere, is unprecedented and a welcome development by all and sundry.
“It is worrisome that some who chose to be paid critics against Satomi for no justifiable reason took to their social media platforms, especially Facebook pages.
“This incident and social media posts against our Lawmaker is shameless, as Hon Satomi’s Facebook account was hacked for more than one year, and he chose not to be on Facebook.
“We are particularly shocked to also came across posts doctored by same critics who wrote, shared or neither posted on behalf of the owner of the restaurant, Fadila Abdulraham with all sorts of accusations against our Lawmaker.
“To this end, in as much as we don’t want to join issues with some social media users who are hellbent, to cut the story short for clarity purpose, we urge the general public to please disassociate themselves from these baseless and unsubstantiated claims, as our federal Lawmaker, Hon Satomi will never be distracted in his quest to better the lives of Jereians, the good people of Borno and by extension Nigerians as a whole”.
Police Arrest Perpetrating Thugs
The police in Borno state had on Monday arrested and paraded four (4) men who were seen in the video while Fadila Abdurrahman was being attacked.
The arrested suspects include Nasiru Abubakar, Bello Madusa, Ali Dungus Shettima and Malam Mohammed, “while two other suspects are at large”, according to Borno police commissioner, Abdu Umar.