Repentant terrorists: DHQ fails to respond to Senator Ndume's allegations

Repentant terrorists: DHQ fails to respond to Senator Ndume's allegations

- The recent allegations made by Senator Ali Ndume concerning the activities of Boko Haram has been a trending topic

- Senator Ndume indicted some Boko Haram repentant terrorists, saying they serve as informants to their former colleagues

- The Nigerian military has failed to respond to the allegations

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, November 12 failed to address the allegations against the Nigerian Armed Forces by Senator Ali Ndume.

Ndume, from Borno state had said repentant Boko Haram terrorists now serve as informants to their former colleagues.

The All Progressives Congress senator further said the recent army colonel who died in Borno state was as a result of former terrorist tipping off Boko Haram on the movement of an army convoy.

Repentant terrorists: DHQ fails to respond to Senator Ndume's allegations
Senator Ndume's allegations have been trending for the past 24 hours. Photo credit: @NGRSenate
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The allegations sparked outrage from Nigerians, as many have severally opposed the government's decision to grant amnesty to the former terrorists.

The DHQ, however, failed to address the issues raised by Ndume, who is also the chairman Senate Committee on the Nigerian Army and former leader of the Nigerian Senate in the 8th National Assembly.

The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said:

“When my masters have spoken, I cannot speak again. If the service chiefs say something, I can re-echo it, but responding to criticism of the National Assembly will amount to insubordination.
“This is because if I talk now, you – the press– will go and start joining issues that this one is good and the other one is bad. The information that came out is from the grand strategic level, therefore, I advise that when you get to the Senate, or the Ministry of Defence, you can ask them.”

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Meanwhile, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) on Thursday, November 12, pledged to support the Nigerian army and the Borno state government in fast-tracking the capture of the 86 terrorists listed on the most wanted list released on Wednesday, November 11.

Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri, the group said it would do anything within its power to assist troops of the Nigerian army in their bid to capture the fleeing terrorists and their leaders, Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musa Al Barnawi.

In his address, the national coordinator of CATE, Gabriel Onoja, said capturing the wanted terrorist would provide an opportunity for the federal government and states in the northeast to rebuild their lives in earnest.

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