- Senator Ali Ndume revealed how he was emotionally tortured by the goverment over allegations he was involved with Boko Haram
- He explained that the media also didn't help much as he was tried continuously by the media jury
- Ndume said he is considering suing the federal government over the case
Senator Ali Ndume, who was acquitted by an Abuja court, over an alleged involvement in sponsoring Boko Haram, has said he might sue the federal government.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Ndume is currently serving a six months suspension slammed on him after he called for Senate president Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye to be investigated.
According to a report by Premium Times, Ndume, during an interview in Maiduguri, Borno state, said he was emotionally tortured during his court trial.
Ndume accused the government of struggling to find any evidence to indict him and journalists for putting him on media trial that hurt his personality and that of his family.
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He said: “For six years the federal government put me on trial without any evidence to prove their false allegations against me.
“After six years the court said they had no case against me so they have to acquit me. But the media wasn’t fair; the spirit with which they reported my arraignment has not been matched with the reports published on my acquittal.
“I am yet to decide on whether to go to court and sue the federal government for damages or speak to the media so that my own story too would be heard.
“For six years I was restricted, I could not travel, I could not move an inch, I was subjected to emotional torture when all the while the government knew that there was nothing against me and they know who the sponsors of Boko Haram are.
“And the saddest aspect of it all was that up till when the case was dismissed finally, nobody, including those in the media who had subjected me to their trial, could query the lame facts brought to the court.”
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He said he met the alleged Boko Haram spokesperson, who mentioned him as their group’s informant, when they met in the court.
Ndume said: “Could you imagine the arrested Boko Haram spokesman mentioned some other persons but it was only me that was taken to court?”
He accused the Goodluck Jonathan administration of plotting his downfall because he was a critic of the government.
“That shows that I was the only person that the government wanted to fight.
“But I will still ensure that my voice is heard and my side of the story is told as well; because there are so many things that the world need to know.
“Could you imagine the media reporting that I had 73 phone contacts with the Sanda Konduga, the Boko Haram spokesman!
“How could one make over 70 calls and no one could trace the call logs on a platform when we all know communication is two-way traffic. But sadly no one queried that scientific fact, including the press."
“As a member of that committee, our contacts were made available to members of the public so that anyone with credible information could contact us. It was at that time this Sanda chap called and I told him I would get back to him. Unfortunately, I never did because we have hundreds of people calling at that time.
“So, he sent me a text message that I said I would get back to him and I didn’t. So, when the security people saw that text they said we were communicating with him, even though I did not respond to that text message as well,” he said.
Ndume said he could forget some of his painful travail but not the ones suffered by his immediate family members.
He stated: “One of my daughters approached me and said, ‘Daddy now that the court said you are not guilty as they alleged, it is time we take the government to court.’
“Even as I tried to calm them, their anger is justified because that my very daughter lost her four months old pregnancy when she heard that I was arrested and arraigned in court. Some of my little kids were molested in school by people who call them names! So how much could one take for an offense one is innocent of?”
Meanwhile, Ndume expressed deep concern over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in Borno, and described the situation as “worrisome”.
He said the people of Borno state no longer sleep with their eyes closed because of fear the terrorists would attack them in the night.
Ndume said if he had not be suspended by the Senate, he would have invited security chiefs to explain what is happening in the state.
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