Detained People Democratic Party Senator, Mohammed Ali Ndume from Borno has confessed to having very strong contact with the deadly sect.
He claimed he retained a close contact with the spokesperson of the dreaded Boko Haram sect operating in the northeastern parts of Nigeria. Senator Ndume represents Borno South Senatorial District at the Nigerian senate. The Boko Haram spokesperson, Ali Sauda Umar Konduga was arrested and paraded in public yesterday by the Nigerian secret police, State Security Services (SSS).
Ndume said that a strong relationship had existed between him and Boko Haram but claimed he was too “scared” to tell the authority and security agencies.
The source also stated that some Senators had began putting pressure on the SSS to release the Senator from detention.
The SSS yesterday paraded Ali Sauda Umar Konduga (a.k.a Usman al-Zawahiri) who openly spoke to reporters about his involvement with the Boko Haram sect.
The accused also named the past Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe, the late Saidu Pindar as key supporters and sponsors of the sect.
Ambassador Pindar recently died in a mysterious auto accident that left his car mangled beyond recognition.
Former Governor Modu Sherrif’s involvement in sponsoring Boko Haram has been known for long, but SSS had waited for solid evidence so that it would not be accused of false allegation with suspects being part of the ruling party members and serving in government. He has also been rumoured to be very close to a former governor chief of staff to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Konduga told reporters on Monday that he was a member of the violent militant group in Borno state known as “ECOMOG” which received financial backing from the former governor. SSS sources said Konduga revealed during interrogation that Modu Sherrif had a pact with Boko Haram which made it possible for sect members to get political appointments and substantial financial support from the former governor before they both fell out.
ARREST OF ALI SANDA UMAR KONDUGA (A.K.A. USMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI), SPOKESMAN OF THE BOKO HARAM SECT
On 3rd November, 2011 about 2030 hours at Gwange area, Maiduguri, Borno State, a joint security operation led to the arrest of Ali Sanda Umar KONDUGA, acclaimed spokesman of the Boko Haram sect, widely known in the media as Usman AL-ZAWAHIRI. He was a former political thug operating under a group widely known as ECOMOG.
2. His arrest further confirms the Service position that some of the Boko Haram extremists have political patronage and sponsorship. This is moreso as AL-ZAWAHIRI has so far made valuable confessions in this regard. Highlights of some of his admissions are:
i. That he was recruited by a political party stalwart in Maiduguri, Borno State;
ii. That following the compulsory registration of all SIM cards nationwide, he was asked to steal a SIM card which he used in sending threat text messages
iii. That the pseudo name, Usman AL-ZAWAHIRI was given to him by the said politician to portray him as an extremist as well as conceal his true identity;
iv. That one of his benefactor’s promised to pay him Ten Million Naira (N10 million) to work for his party but by stint of fate, he died on his way to deliver the part payment of Five Million Naira (N5 Million) to AL-ZAWAHIRI
v. That consequent upon this, subject claimed a serving member of the National Assembly took over the running of his activities;
vi. That he was behind the threat text messages sent to the Judges of the Election Petition Tribunal in Maiduguri. His objective was to ensure that the Tribunal sacks the present Government in Borno State;
vii. That he was also behind other threats messages sent to Governor Sule LAMIDO, Governor Babangida ALIYU, Amb. Dalhatu Sarki TAFIDA, Chief Olusegun OBASANJO and Justice Sabo ADAMU (Chairman of the Election Petition Tribunal in Borno State).
viii. That most of the threat messages he sent to Justice Sabo ADAMU, were scripted and relayed to him by the National Assembly member.
ix. That the threat text messages eventually led to the relocation of the election petition tribunal from Maiduguri to Abuja;
x. That the same legislator promised to send him some telephone numbers of members of the GALTIMARI Committee on Security in the North East, before he (AL-ZAWAHIRI) was apprehended.
xi. That the telephone number and content of the text message sent to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice were also given to him by the Legislator in order to compel him (AGF) to influence the judgment of the tribunal against the Government in Borno State.
3 Meanwhile, analysis of AL-ZAWAHIRI’s phone has confirmed constant communication between him and the legislator.
4. The Service wishes to reiterate its commitment to addressing the current threats posed by the Boko Haram sect and other forms of fundamentalism in the country, including the dimensions of political patronage and sponsorship of extremist and violent groups. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to sustain their confidence in the nation’s security establishment, as we work tirelessly to ensure a safe and peaceful Country for us all.
MARILYN OGAR, msi