A group of protesters on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, stormed the National Assembly in support for Ali Ndume, a senator from Borno State, who was suspended from the Senate over making false allegation against his colleagues.
But, the crowd went haywire after a fight over money broke out among the all-male protesters who are, allegedly, rented from Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Borno State.
Another video, obtained by Nigeria News Hub also shows a group of IDPs with one of them confirming that people in the camps were rented for the protest at the National Assembly. (Watch that video below the first one).
The protesters were demanding the reinstatement of Ndume, who is on a 6-month suspension. They blocked the entrance of the National Assembly Complex and were holding banners and placards with Ndume’s pictures and messages to the Senate.
The suspension of Senator Ali Ndume, announced on March 29, 2017, was based on the report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions which recommended that the senator be suspended.
Ndume had asked the Senate to look into the allegations of vehicle importation against the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki and the alleged certificate forgery against Sen. Dino Melaye.
Ali Ndume Linked To Boko Haram
Ali Ndume is also standing trial for his involvement with the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram. Commandants of the terrorist group had named him as a sponsor of the group’s activities including providing golf cars for bombing operations.
During the trial, which is still on-going, a witness from the secret police told the court that investigators found that Ndume contacted a spokesperson of Boko Haram 73 times in one month. The senator has denied the charges which contravened Sections 3(b), 4(1) (a) and 7(1) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.
In September 2016, a self-confessed spokesman of the Boko Haram, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, a.k.a Al-Zawahiri, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment without option of fine and released from prison, was rearrested at the residence of Senator Ndume in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
A police officer who pleaded anonymity, said Konduga was identified, beaten and rearrested on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 after sneaking into the senator’s house the third time since last Sunday, September 11, this year.
Konduga, according to family sources, “kept on coming to the senator’s house purposely to apologise to the immediate family for indicting Ndume, who was charged for providing Konduga with politicians’ phone numbers and not disclosing information to authorities under Nigeria’s Terrorism Prevention Act.”