Former VP, Sambo, ex-DSS director aware of my discussion with Boko Haram – Ndume

A former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume on Tuesday explained how he came in contact with the Boko Harm sect.

Ndume said he also disclosed the necessary information about his interaction with the sect to the then Vice President, Nnamdi Sambo and the then Director-General of the State Security Services.

The former senate leader made this revelation in a no-case submission seeking an order terminating his trial on terrorism charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

Ndume, through his no-case submission, is seeking an order discharging him of charges including supporting Boko Haram, and failure to disclose material information arising from his alleged relationship with the sect.

But the Federal Government insisted on Tuesday that it had led sufficient evidence showing Ndume’s complicity in the alleged offences, thus the need for him to offer some explanations.

Adopting his client’s addresses on Tuesday, Tarfa insisted that an analysis of the phone conversation between Ndume and Konduga, failed to disclose any fact warranting the Senator from Borno State to offer any defence.

He explained that Ndume’s contact with Boko Haram came about when the senator was a member of the Presidential Committee on Security Matters in the North-East of the country.

The lawyer said, “We have taken the counts from one to four and have analysed them.

“Clearly, there is nothing in the evidence led by the prosecution that will necessitate the defendant to be called upon to enter his defence in the charge.

“Clearly from the totality of the evidence placed before the court, the defendant coming into contact with the Boko Haram sect came about when he was acting on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the presidential committee set up to look at the security challenges in the North-East part of the country.

“The evidence is clear and has been confirmed through cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses.

“We have shown how the alleged analysis of the mobile phone did not disclose any fact which will necessitate the defendant to defend the charge.

“Clearly, having regards to the four counts before the court, we have analysed the ingredients of the counts and shown how the prosecution has failed to proffer any evidence in support of the ingredients in the four counts.”

Justice Gabriel Kolawole subsequently fixed 2 pm on July 4 for ruling.​

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