- Senator Ali Ndume has asked the FG to expose the identities of the BDC operators it arrested for funding terrorists
- The Borno South senator also said the FG should take the suspects to court and make their trial open to every Nigerian
- Ndume said any one of them found guilty by the court should be made to face the wrath of the law
Senator Ali Ndume has called on the federal government to expose all the over 400 Bureau De Change operators recently arrested for allegedly funding the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Legit.ng gathers that the senator also demanded an open trial of all the suspects.
Recall that presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had recently said the federal government had arrested some Bureau De Change operators who were facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.
Shehu had also said some Nigerians had been convicted just as he added that details of the government's investigations will shock many when they were revealed.
Reacting to Shehu's statement, Senator Ndume said Nigerians deserve to know what the government was doing concerning the suspects, Leadership newspaper also reported.
“The Presidency said recently that Nigerians would be shocked if it revealed the identities of those who are sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Can you imagine that 400 Bureau De Change operators are the people funding the Boko Haram?"
According to the senator, the presidency has said that the case of the arrested BDC operators is confidential. He, however, questioned the presidency's position, saying there is nothing confidential about the case.
“The presidency should expose the identities of all the BDC operators so far arrested and carry out their trial in public."
Ndume said anyone found guilty should be punished according to the law.
Senator Ndume's statement has drawn some reactions on social media.
Oyelade Funmilayo said on Facebook:
"We still have some Northern Senators who are not terrorist nor are they terrorist sympathizers. May God preserve and protect you to expose the sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria. May God give you a voice that can't be silenced.
"May your efforts to see the end of insurgency not be frustrated. And may the power that be not suspend you from the house of Senate for speaking against insurgency. May God wipe out terrorists from every part of Nigeria. May peace be restored back to Nigeria."
Ugo Anyaeche said:
"Can they expose themselves? I don't see it happening but we don't need to look any further to know that they are in the corridor of power."
Eze Hillary said:
"The people funding Boko haram are mere proxies...the people funding the funders should be fished out too."
Nurudeen Lawal said:
"The managers of our democracy had failed us, their attitudes towards governance is explicitly uncalled for! Military will never allow all these killings, they may have their own defects but I swear military govt is far better than this demon-cracy in Nigeria."
In another report, Senator Ndume who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army faulted the Nigerian government over its stand on the dreaded and destructive Boko Haram terrorists.
Specifically, Ndume faulted the Buhari-led administration for its policy of rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant Boko Haram members.
The outspoken lawmaker insisted that deradicalizing ex-Boko Haram members is a misplacement of priority.