NDUME: Gov Shettima leads Borno elders to Saraki (Photos)
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NDUME: Gov Shettima leads Borno elders to Saraki (Photos)

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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Friday led some prominent leaders of the state to visit the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The visit may not be unconnected to the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno central, who was recently suspended for six months.

Among those who reportedly followed Governor Shettima on the visit to Saraki were the two other Borno senators, Baba Kaka Garbai, APC, Borno Central who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business and Abubakar Kyari, APC, Borno North who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence.

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Members of the House of Representatives from Borno State, representatives of Shehu of Borno, Emir of Dikwa, Commissioners, Local Government Chairmen and Councilors were also said to be in the entourage.

The Senate had suspended Ndume for allegedly bringing it into disrepute when he called for the probing of Saraki, and a Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye.

Ndume had called for the Senate to probe allegations that the Senate was being confrontational with Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over a Range Rover SUV said to be for the use of Saraki that was impounded by customs for using fake papers.

He had also called on the chamber to probe into allegations that Melaye’s certificate purportedly received form the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) was fake.

The Senate committee on Ethics and Privileges which looked into the matter came back with a damning verdict on Ndume, and recommended that he be suspended for one year, it was however after refused to six months after the chamber deliberated on it.

It is believed that the visit of Shettima to Saraki may have been set up to plead on Ndume’s behalf for the suspension to be lifted or at least reduced.

The governor and his entourage were said to have also visited the Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan to also plead with him on the matter.

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