Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SSS screens Ndume’s, Sheriff’s call logs

Modu Ali Sheriff Modu Ali Sheriff

SECURITY agents are screening the call logs of Senator Ali Ndume, former Governor Modu Ali Sheriff and the late Ambassador Saidu Pindar who were implicated by some suspects as backers of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect.
The State Security Service (SSS) is also on the trail of more suspects.
Ndume’s detention has raised anxiety among Senators.
His mobile telephone’s call logs are being screened to determine whether he is a member of a syndicate or not.
A source said: “We have started a comprehensive investigation of the call logs of these bigwigs, based on the confession of one of the key suspects in our custody.
“We are not closing investigation with these three suspects already implicated.
“We are suspecting a network of backers; we have to unmask others so that we can address this issue once and for all. We know that the call logs will reveal more.”
Responding to a question, the source, who pleaded not to be named because of what he called the matter’s sensitive nature, added: “We may have cause to interact with more high-profile suspects soon.”
It was gathered that many senators were shocked by their colleague’s arrest.
A Senator said: “You can see that no segment of the society is immune from the Boko Haram menace. No one is saying that Ndume is guilty.
“It calls for concern that your colleague in the same chamber with you is being implicated in security breaches of this magnitude.”
Another Senator said: “I am scared but what the SSS did has shown that we are getting closer to the roots of this Boko Haram menace.”
Another Senator said: “It is too early to pronounce Ndume guilty, but one thing I have noticed about him in the chamber is that each time Boko Haram matter came up, he was always advising us to discuss behind closed doors.
“There was a day one of our colleagues challenged him on why he was always favouring closed-door sessions.”
The Nation learnt yesterday that security agencies had been on the trail of the Senator for some time.
It was gathered that the SSS decided to break the news after reaching a “convenient bend”.