SAN FRANCISCO, November 21, (THEWILL) – In the course of our exclusive story last week linking elements of an Arab government which bankrolls and hosts Al Jazeera satellite channel, and a deposed former Prime Minister and President of Mauritania to the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, THEWILL was told by top security sources that government had credible intelligence linking a serving Nigerian Senator and a female member of the Police Service Commission (PSC) to radical Islamic extremists in the north. It therefore comes as no surprise that Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District has been formally named as one of the financiers of terrorism in northern Nigeria, following the arrest of Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, widely known in the media as Usman Al-Zawahiri, an acclaimed spokesman of the Boko Haram. He was a former political thug operating under a group widely known as ECOMOG, according to the State Security Service (SSS). Konduga, who was paraded before correspondents in a press conference today by the secret police alleged that Ndume recruited, funded and gave him directives on various tasks including sending threat messages to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, governors and judges serving in the Borno State Election Petition Tribunal. The SSS said forensic examination of his phone confirmed communication between the serving senator and the sect’s spokesman. THEWILL, for more than one week had tried unsuccessfully to seek Ndume’s side of the story after we learnt that he and Hajiya Fati M. kake’Nna, a Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC) maintain strong ties to radical Islamists, especially the alleged murderers of Alhaji Modu Gubio, the 2011 All Nigeria People’s Party gubernatorial aspirant in Borno state. Ndume and Kake’Nna our intelligence sources confirmed bailed Musa Duhu and his lieutenant Baballe, both leaders of the outlawed ECOMOG killer squad from state custody, after they were tracked and detained by security operatives a few days after the murder. THEWILL’s repeated calls and text messages to Ndume’s MTN mobile phone number +2348035998045 were not acknowledged. We were unable to get a direct cell phone number to the Borno State born Fati Kake’Nna despite all our efforts. Alhaji Ali Modu Sherriff a former governor of Borno State who created ‘ECOMOG’ for his alleged string of assassinations is also another major financier of terror, according to our sources. One single security source said at one point he allegedly doled out N200 million naira to Duhu, who alongside Baballe are presently in hiding. With these revelations it is however shocking that these high ranking persons have not been detained and charged for offences relating to terrorism. According to a statement today by the Spokesperson of the SSS, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, the commission busted Konduga in Maiduguri, the headquarters of the sect and Borno State capital. “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.

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:

That he was recruited by a political party stalwart in Maiduguri, Borno State;

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

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;

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

That consequent upon this, subject claimed a serving member of the National Assembly took over the running of his activities;

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;

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).
That most of the threat messages he sent to Justice Sabo ADAMU, were scripted and relayed to him by the National Assembly member.

That the threat text messages eventually led to the relocation of the election petition tribunal from Maiduguri to Abuja;

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.

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.

Meanwhile, analysis of AL-ZAWAHIRI’s phone has confirmed constant communication between him and the legislator.

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.”

Story culled from THEWILL




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