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Senator Ali Ndume’s Trial Over Links With Boko Haram, Still Pending Before Abuja High Court

By Danjuma Aliyu 

The trial of a Borno lawmaker, charged over his link with Boko Haram will continue on Monday, 27 March, 2017.

In 2011, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South was arraigned on a four-count charge of allegedly sponsoring the violent terrorist sect.

Boko Haram wants to establish an Islamic caliphate across West and Central Africa. Under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army have scored major successes against the group.

A day after Christmas last year, the Nigerian Army successfully recaptured the last strong hold of the group.

Security experts believe the war against the insurgents might have been hindered in the past by those benefiting from the atrocities.

A Boko Haram spokesman, Usman al-Zawahiri alias Kondug claimed that the Borno lawmaker paid him to send threatening text messages.

READ ALSO : Nigeria senator Ali Ndume ‘linked to Boko Haram’

Two months ago, a chairman from Borno was also arrested for hiding a top Boko Haram Commander.

Last month (February 3), the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, adjourned till March 27 to resume hearing the case against Senator Ndume.

READ ALSO :  Ndume’s trial: Court adjourns till February

The Federal Government alleged that he was the one that hitherto furnished the sect with information that aided their terrorist operations in the country.

DENISAURUS News understands that the former majority leader, a vocal supporter of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has also used his links to sabotage a case against his wife.

An EFCC source said Senator Ndume’s wife is currently being investigated by operatives of the agency.

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He said: “Mr Magu promised to drop the case against Senator Ndume’s wife, if the legislator guarantees his confirmation.

“This is why Senator Ndume is so desperately pushing for Mr Magu in spite of the DSS report.”

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