Members of the Nigerian government are linked to terror sect Boko Haram, according to a report from the country’s State Security Service (SSS) on Wednesday.
Police captured a former Boko Haram spokesman earlier this week. The SSS described the spokesman, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, as a “political thug.”
Konduga – who uses the pseudonym al-Zawahiri when speaking on behalf of Boko Haram – claimed “a member of the National Assembly” had direct ties to Boko Haram’s actions.
That led police to Senator Mohammad Ali Ndume. Konduga said the member of the National Assembly, whom police believe to be Ndube, helped divert funds and provide intelligence to Boko Haram. Police arrested Ndume on Tuesday.
Konduga also told reporters that two former members of the Nigerian government – a governor and an ambassador – helped form Boko Haram in the northeastern region of the country.
Ndume will be given a trial and Nigerian lawmakers say they hope the SSS snuffs out any other secret aides to Boko Haram.
Boko Haram is a radical Islamist terror sect that has committed attacks throughout the country over the last two years. The sect – whose name means “western education is sacrilege” – wants to implement Shariah law throughout Nigeria. Their attacks have targeted Christians, a minority in the country’s northeastern region, dissenting Muslims and government officials.
The news comes on the same day that President Goodluck Johnathan fired anti-corruption czar Farida Waziri, who has received international praise for her direction of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Government spokesmen offered no reason for her dismissal.
Johnathan has come under fire for not responding to threats and attacks by Boko Haram. After the sect killed more than 100 people on Nov. 4 in the northeastern city of Damaturu, Johnathan sent three troops of soldiers and issued a 24-hour curfew. He ended the curfew after eight hours and immediate violence resulted in the death of two civilians.
After Johnathan brushed away U.S. Embassy warning of possible Boko Haram attacks in Abuja late last week, four police officers and a 9-year-old child were killed in two separate bombings.