The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has stated the shortcoming of the Federal Government to call and arrest people who finance terrorism within the nation smacks of unseriousness in its need to combat insurgency.
Speaking throughout an interview on Channels Television, Ndume stated he was prosecuted by the Federal Government for allegedly sponsoring Boko Haram. He stated his offense was as a result of the Department of State Services (DSS) tracked a cellphone and uncovered a name made by the spokesman of the insurgents. Ndume was arraigned in 2011 for alleged sponsorship of the Boko Haram however was cleared by the courts in July 2017 after no proof was tendered to again up the declare.
While noting that he was arrested, the lawmaker criticized safety companies for not doing a correct investigation earlier than subjecting him to public ridicule.
“If there may be proof that any individual is funding Boko Haram, there may be clear proof after doing all of your investigation, why don’t you inform Nigerians? Why don’t you prosecute them?
Just as a result of they have been monitoring my cellphone they usually stated a spokesman of Boko Haram known as me, they went and arrested me. They didn’t even ask me, they didn’t do any intelligence work. The Senate President known as me and stated the SSS desires you to report that they’ve some questions.” he stated
According to the lawmaker, he reported on the DSS workplace pondering he could be afforded the chance of availing them the helpful data that may assist in the terrorism battle. He recalled that the then DSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, briefed journalists the place he was accused of sponsoring terrorism. He averred that if he will be tried, why cannot those that have been recognized to be sponsors of terrorism not be tried as nicely.
”She was there on the TV saying they’ve found and arrested the sponsor of Boko Haram. That was the phrase she used. It was not honest on me. I’m nonetheless battling with that. My youngsters went via hell. But now they’re saying ‘cowl these individuals’. So when this authorities is speaking about overlaying them. I really feel we aren’t critical.
This 2022 I hope the President declares battle. We are preventing insurgents however now we have not declared battle in opposition to them The Presidnet ought to try this in opposition to insurgents or terrorists, bandits, secessionist” he stated