Five years after he told a high court judge that he was a former spokesman of Boko Haram, and that the present senate majority leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume, was a sponsor of the deadly sect, Ali Konduga, alias Azzawahiri, fresh out of jail, says his claims were false.
Mr. Konduga now wants Mr. Ndume to forgive him.
His quest for pardon took him to the Maiduguri home of Mr. Ndume on Wednesday where he was beaten by angry family members.
Mr. Konduga had claimed that as a Boko Haram spokesperson, he specialized in sending threat messages to politicians who were in opposition to the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said he did all that under the sponsorship of Mr. Ndume.
Mr. Ndume denied the allegation at the time. But the State Security Services, SSS, said it had details of phone contacts between the senator and Mr. Konduga.
One source told PREMIUM TIMES that “the man just came to the gate of the senator’s house and introduced himself as Ali Konduga, the one that implicated our boss as Boko Haram sponsor”.
“We were shocked but we held our cool and went inside to inform the family about his presence in the house; and when some of the senator’s younger brothers came out to clear their doubts about the visitor, they were shocked to behold Ali Konduga alias Azzawahiri staring at them.
“When they asked him his mission in the house, he said he was there to meet the senator and apologize to him for all the wrong he did to him.
“Before he could end his statement, the brothers descended upon him and beat the living light out of his life; it took the intervention of some persons who immediately called the police to save his life,” the source said.
At the time, Mr. Ndume was away in Saudi Arabia for the 2016 hajj (Islamic holy pilgrimage).
The senator confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES.
“Yes, I was informed about the sad incident this evening that Ali Konduga of all people was in my house to apologize to me but ended up being beaten up by my younger brother,” he said by text message.
“I learnt the DSS had released him, and he was in my house to apologize. Though, he is not the kind of person I should welcome in my house, I was not happy with the way my younger brother treated him. Thank God he was taken to the GRA police station; and I have instructed that he should be taken to the hospital for treatment. But the police must allow him to tell the whole world how he was used,” Mr. Ndume said.
Mr. Ndume said before his trip, Mr. Konduga’s father had earlier approached him to apologise on behalf of his son.
A police officer at the G.R.A Maiduguri police station confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES.
The officer, who asked not to be named because the matter was being investigated, said Mr. Konduga to be mentally unstable.
“He was brought in on Wednesday evening by some persons who claimed he was trying to invade Senator Ndume’s house located along off Damboa road on Wednesday,” said the source.
“He had some bruises on him. We tried to find out what happened to him and he said he was there to apologise to the senator, just as those that brought him to the police station had also claimed.
“But from the way was speaking; he does not seem to be in his stable mind. So we want to take time to investigate his mission to the house since he returned home after his jail term, as we have also found out that he was in the house on the eve of Sallah. But was told that the Senator was not in town,” the police source added.
The SSS could not be reached for comments. There has been no known spokesperson for the service since 2015.