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Ndume blasts Buhari’s Govt over confidential treatment of Bureau de Change operators financing Boko Haram

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has urged the Nigerian government to release the identities of the suspected Bureau de Change operators allegedly financing Boko Haram terrorists.

This comes after the arrest of over 400 BDC operators across the north by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and other outfits.

It is understood that the suspects are being kept in military and DSS facilities in Abuja and other places.

According to the PUNCH, the closely guarded operation is being coordinated by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), in collaboration with the DSS, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

But Ndume, Senator representing Borno South in the national assembly, is of the opinion that Nigerians deserve to know what the government was doing concerning the suspects.
The Presidency said recently that Nigerians would be shocked if it revealed the identities of those who are sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgents,” he said.

“Can you imagine that 400 Bureau De Change operators are the people funding the Boko Haram?

“When the BDC operators are arrested now, what will the government do with them? The presidency is already saying their case is confidential. What is confidential about it?

“The presidency should expose the identities of all the BDC operators so far arrested and carry out their trial in public.

“If any of them is innocent, he should be allowed to go while those found guilty must be made to face the music.

“When I was wrongly accused, I was tried publicly and I was vindicated. The trial lasted six years in an open court. If there is any criminal act linked to anybody. No matter how highly placed, let the evidence be placed before the public, there should be no secret trial.

“Nowadays, criminals are arrested and paraded without further action. Nobody knows what happens to the people who killed 11 soldiers in Benue State recently?

“What happened to those who beheaded policemen in Cross River State?

“If everyone is doing what he is supposed to do as defined by our constitution and laws, we would not have these problems. Citizens should expose suspicious movements.”

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