Police arrest Grema Terrab, Borno governorship aspirant at Atiku’s programme


SARS operatives has arrested a politician and governorship aspirant in Borno State, Grema Terrab, over role in an alleged murder at an event attended by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Abubakar delivered a speech at the event held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Mr Terab is wanted by the police for alleged complicity in a murder that occurred at his home while he was hosting a political meeting in April.

Though Mr Terab was said to have reported the matter to the police, the police arrested members of his family, including his wife.

Mr Terab showed up on Tuesday for the first time since his ‘disappearance’ from Maiduguri.

His governorship campaign posters and bill boards currently litter Maiduguri.

Apparently working on intelligence about his arrival, the SARS team and dozens of other plain clothed detectives stormed the venue and laid siege.

Mr Terab was immediately informed of the presence of the police officers who had taken strategic positions around the hall where Mr Abubakar was addressing politicians.

Aides of the young politician were seen trying to ‘beg’ some of the police officers not to carry out the arrest.

When Mr Abubakar ended his speech and was exiting the hall, Mr Terab quickly moved close to the former vice president in order to evade arrest but the operatives dragged him away.

Mr Terab tried to call the attention of the former vice president by holding on to his gown, but Mr Abubakar was guided out of the hall by his aides.

Journalists were prevented from taking photographs or filming the arrest as he (Grema) was bundled into one of the SARS patrol vehicles and taken away.

The police are yet to issue a statement on the arrest.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.