Street Journal has gathered that Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State was arrested around 10.30 pm on Monday, sequel to allegations that he is one of the sponsors of the notorious Boko Haram Islamist sect. Also named alongside Ndume by Ali Umar Konduga, the Boko Haram spokesman who spilled the beans was Late Sa’idu Pindar, Nigeria’s ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe. The suspect also narrated that he was in ECOMOG, a group of political thugs used by former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff during his days as the Chief Executive of Borno State.
When he was paraded, Konduga who spoke through an interpreter confessed that he was a member of the sect, though he claimed he has been suspended after he was accused of giving information to the government. He also admitted that he was behind the threat messages to the judges of the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Konduga said the Boko Haram sect was against the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and former governor Ali Modu Sherrif, who used the group only to later dump them. He said the group hence reached out to the opposition through the late Ambassador Pindar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On the issue of text messages sent to judges and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Boko Haram spokesman claimed that Senator Ndume provided the numbers to which the threat text messages were sent.
Meanwhile, 13 suspects have been arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) over the Yobe State bombing in early November in which over 100 people were killed.
Street Journal gathered that they will all be arraigned before a court soon.