Boko Haram: FG disobeys order as court adjourns Senator Ndume’s trial

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday
adjourned hearing in trial of Ali Ndume till March 27.

Justice Kolawole cited inability of the prosecution to comply with an earlier ruling which ordered the prosecution to pay cost for filing an application out of time.
The defence counsel, Rickey Tarfa, had earlier in January urged the court to order the prosecution to pay for cost of belatedly filling a motion dated January 13.

At the resumed hearing, the prosecuting counsel, G. N. Okafor, told the court that arrangements were in the pipeline to get the federal government to pay the fine.
Ms. Okafor pleaded with the court to adjourn hearing to a further date to enable the prosecution sort out the necessary funds to upset the fine.

The State Security Service (SSS), in 2011, took Senator Ali Ndume to court over suspected links to Islamist sect Boko Haram.

Ndume, a senator from Borno state in the country’s northeast, where most of Boko Haram’s attacks have occurred, pleaded not guilty.
The offence Contravened Sections 3(b), 4(1) (a) and 7(1) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.
Ndume is a serving senator representing Borno South in the Senate and was recently removed as senate leader.

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