Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume is standing trial on terrorism-related charges before an Abuja Federal High Court. He has asked the court to stay proceedings in the matter pending an appeal he filed challenging the decision of the court to admit in evidence certain documents tendered by prosecution at its last sitting.
Yesterday was slated for continuation of trial, but Ndume’s counsel, A. O. Jolawo, informed the court that his client had filed an appeal against the court's ruling of December 11 and 14 which admitted in evidence DVD’s containing call data records as well as findings of investigations carried out by a Special Investigation Panel of the State Security Service.
Prosecuting counsel, Thompson Olatigbe, said though they had been served notice of appeal, the motion for stay was not ripe for hearing.
Adjourning the hearing to February 19, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said he was rather hesitant to insist that cross examination of the prosecution witness should continue.
It is to be recalled that Ndume was appointed to a committee established by President Goodluck Jonathan to consider opening talks with Boko Haram.
He said that a military approach would not be effective due to the impossibility of identifying the target. In his view, the violence would continue until the group felt they had been heard and saw that the problems of poverty and unemployment were being addressed.
In November 2011, Senator Ndume was reported to be linked to Boko Haram. This alleged connection to Boko Haram was made following the Nigerian State Security Service's interrogation of a suspected Boko Haram member and spokesman, Mallam Ali Konduga.
On 21 November 2011, Ndume had been arrested.