A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted an application by Senator Ali Ndume who is standing trial for alleged links with Boko Haram insurgents to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj Pilgrimage.
Ndume was arraigned on four counts bordering on terrorism after he was implicated by a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect, Ali Konduga, who had since been convicted and sentenced for terrorism.
Delivering a short ruling on Ndume’s application for leave to embark on a trip for Umra (lesser hajj), the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar, Litigation, to release Ndume’s passport and other travel documents to him.
The judge also ordered the Senator to return the travel documents to the DCR (Litigation) within 72 hours of his return into the country.
The application dated June 23, 2015, and moved by Ndume’s counsel, Miss R. Okotie-Eboh, was not opposed to by the prosecution counsel, Mr Muslim Hassan.
Ndume, who had been granted such applications in the past, will embark on the trip to Mecca on July 3.
The accused, who is now the Senate Leader, had deposited the passport and other travel documents with the court registry in fulfilment of the bail conditions given to him by the judge since his arraigned on December 3, 2013.
Ndume had also pleaded not guilty to the charges following which he was granted bail.