The former majority leader of the 8th Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday said then Vice President Namadi Sambo and the DSS were told about his interaction with the Boko Haram sect.
Ndume made this disclosure in a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja as he defended his no-case submission on the terrorism charges preferred against him by the FG.
He said he disclosed all information he garnered from his interaction with the terrorist organisation to the vice president and DSS DG.
The senator is seeking an order discharging him of charges including supporting the jihadist sect and intentionally withholding material information in relation to the sect.
Speaking on behalf od his client, Ricky Tarfa (SAN) said an analysis of the phone conversation between Ndume and Konduga, threw up nothing to warrant a need for a defence.failed to disclose any fact warranting the Senator from Borno State to offer any defence.
This is especially so as the senator contacted the sect due to his membership of 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.topics from