A Federal High Court in Abuja has exonerated Ali Ndume, former Leader of the Senate, of the terrorism charges levelled against him in 2011. Delivering his judgment on Tuesday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, held that the prosecution, the Federal Government, failed to lead any evidence to prove any of the ingredients of the four counts bordered around the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011.
Ndume had been accused of having links to Ali Konduga, a suspected member of Boko Haram. He was accused of providing logistics to the terror group. He was said to have provided phone numbers of top public officers to the sect, aiding them to send terrorism messages. He was also accused of failing to disclose the information about the sect alleged to be in his possession to law officers and law enforcement agencies within the shortest practicable time.
Kolawole said the prosecution failed to debunk Ndume’s claims of coming in contact with the sect members while acting on behalf of the Federal Government in the presidential committee. He also said they had failed to call Konduga, who is in jail, to give evidence. Kolawole said Ndume had claimed to have submitted all his findings to the then Vice President and the Director-General of the Department of State Services and none of them had been invited to testify.