Sen. Ndume’s trial: Prosecution witness contradicts self, says Ndume did not contact Boko Haram

Senator Ali Ndume in court

Today, Friday December 14, 2012, saw the prosecution witness contradict the earlier testimony that Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume had made telephone contact with members of Boko Haram 73 times. This was evident when the prosecutor read to the court an International Mobile Equipment Identity [IMEI] number of a mobile phone belonging to Ndume – which was different from the digits he gave in his testimony before the court on Tuesday December 11, 2012.

The star prosecutor witness representing the State Security Service [SSS], Aliyu Usman, a forensic examiner had testified on Tuesday before the court that the last four digits of the Nokia E7 ended with 3050, but when asked to read out the IMEI today, Usman confirmed that the last four digits was no longer 3050 as earlier reported. He revealed the last four digits were 3055.

Today’s revelation discounts what the prosecutor star witness statement on Wednesday where he testified before the court that there were 73 communications between the Nokia E7 with the IMEI 3050 allegedly belonging to Ndume and the convicted spokesperson of the Boko Haram sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga – who allegedly owns the Nokia 2700 which has 9226 as the last four digits of its IMEI.

As learnt, Usman had been given two mobile phones by the chairman of the Special Investigation Panel [SIP], James Ene Izi for analysis. His preliminary analysis discovered that the duo had contacts between October 3, 2011 and November 3, 2011 of up to 73 times.

Justice Gabriel Kolawale adjourned till January 16, 2013 for continuation of trial.

Ndume is standing trial on terrorism-related charges before an Abuja Federal High Court.



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