Boko Haram: Ndume’s Trial Stalled Due to Prosecution Team Inability to Pay Fine

The inability of the prosecution team to the pay the penalty of filing a motion out time, stalled the trial of Senator Mohammed Ndume, Thursday.
The Senator representing Borno South in the Senate is standing trial for alleged link with the Boko Haram terrorist group.
At the resumed hearing, Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Mrs G.N Okafor, told the court that there is a pending motion filed and dated Jan. 13 before the court.
Okafor held that on the last adjourned date, the court asked the prosecution to pay penalty for filling the motion out of time and the penalty is yet to be paid.
She told the court that she went to the finance department, but discovered the money was not released despite its approval.
“There is a letter to confirm that we have made necessary arrangement in the court and I will be asking the court for an adjournment to enable us to pay”, she added.
The defence counsel, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), however opposed the application for an adjournment.
Tarfa further said the prosecution does not have a time frame in which they are going to finalize the payment because they were given enough time.
He however urged the court to strike out the application filed by the prosecution in order to continue with the case.
The trial Judge Justice Gabriel Kolawole, however, adjourned the matter till March 27.
In his ruling, justice Kolawole said the prosecution motion on notice dated Jan. 13, is adjourned till March 27 for hearing and adoption of address on the no case submission by the defence counsel.
He said the adjournment will be the last for hearing of the application as it was the second time the court would be adjourning at the instance of the prosecution, saying it was going to be the last.
Ndume was arraigned in 2011 on a four-count charge for allegedly sponsoring the violent Boko Haram sect.
The offence, according to the Federal Government, contravened Sections 3(b), 4(1) (a) and 7(1)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.

Author: News Editor

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