Dec 21, 2011 – Jugde Resign Over Alleged Romance With Boko Haram Sect
A judge with the Kano State judiciary has quit the service, following his alleged romance with the Boko Haram sect.
The judge has been placed under security surveillance and may face prosecution if a prima facie case is eventually established against him.
The judge, who was on the Borno State Election Petition Tribunal, allegedly fostered a relationship with some Boko Haram members on his arrival in Maiduguri. naijagists.com
A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Security agencies were able to establish exchange of information between the judge and the Boko Haram members, especially the jailed spokesman of the sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga (alias Usman AI- Zawahiri).
“He was also leaking the movement of members of the Tribunal and proceedings of the sitting to the sect.
“Members of the tribunal started receiving text messages. The situation became unsafe to the extent that the tribunal had to relocate to Abuja for its sitting.
“When the judge was confronted by the security, he could not defend why he had to relate with some alleged sponsors of Boko Haram.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “It took the deployment of technology to unmask the judge.”
“Following overwhelming evidence, the judge has voluntarily retired from the judiciary, but he is now under security surveillance.
“The judge threw in the towel because his activities amounted to an abuse of the oath of office he took.”
The Nation learnt that there is pressure to save the judge from trial but the government is studying security reports on him.
“If the final report confirms that he is entrenched in the coordination of Boko Haram activities and isolated incidents which the country had experienced, he might face trial,” another source said, adding:
“We are not yet done with him. Transactions in his accounts are being investigated. The call logs of the judge are also being analysed by security agencies.
“His indictment has confirmed the high level of complicity surrounding the Boko Haram menace. We will get to the roots of this security challenge,” the source said.
The judge is the third of the alleged high-profile sponsors of Boko Haram to be unveiled by security agencies.
The State Security Service (SSS) has put Senator Ali Ndume on trial. The late Ambassador Saidu Pindar was also listed as a sponsor of the sect, which has claimed responsibility for major bombings in the country.
According to a recent survey, Nigeria has witnessed over 30 explosions with more than 300 people killed in recent times.(the nation)