- Senator Ali Mohammed Ndume is a free man now after spending a few days in custody
- Senator Ndume was remanded in prison a few days ago when the man he stood surety for absconded
- The senator is already back to his normal routine as he was spotted in an event on Saturday, November 28
A former Nigerian Senate leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume was spotted at an event on Saturday, November 28 in Abuja days after he was released from prison.
The event had in attendance a former Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who shared photos of the event on his social media page.
Also spotted in the photo shared by Jonathan is Bala Ngilari, a former acting governor of Adamawa state.
Ndume spent a few days in Kuje prison after Justice Okon Abang ordered that the Borno-born senator be remanded for failing to provide Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, who is facing trial over an alleged N2 billion money laundering.
Ndume who is the Senate committee chairman on army, stood surety for Maina during the former pension boss trial.
Senator Ndume's arrest, however, sparked outrage from some northern Nigerian groups who insisted that his arrest was an act of injustice.
One of such groups, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), condemned what it called the unfair detention of the senator over his inability to produce Maina.
The AYCF said that although it is not denying whether Maina committed the offence or not, it believes it amounts to setting bad example if someone like Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who stood surety for Nnamdi Kanu is still walking the streets as a free man.
Similarly, the Arewa Youths Association for Peace and Good Leadership wants Senator Abaribe imprisoned for failing to produce Kanu whom he had stood surety for.
The president of the northern group, Ambassador Mohammed Rilwanu Katun, said justice could only be served if what was done to Senator Ndume is extended to Senator Abaribe, adding that the two cases are similar.
He said Senator Ndume should have been given some time to produce Maina and not send him to jail.
The association further threatened legal action to ensure Senator Abaribe is jailed for not producing Kanu in court for trial.
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