Senator on terror charge seeks travel papers

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Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

Senator Mohammed Aliyu Ndume who is standing trial for allegedly providing finance and logistic supports to Boko Haram on Thursday renewed efforts to retrieve his International Passport from the custody of a Federal High Court siting in Abuja where he is standing trial.

In an application moved by his lawyers led by Mr. Segun Jolaowo, the senator pleaded with the court to release his travel documents to enable him perform Islamic religious rites in Saudi Arabia and seek further medical attention overseas.

According to Ndume’s lawyers, the application seeking the release of the travel documents will enable his client seek further medical attention abroad after performing religious rites in Saudi Arabia.

” We all know the state of our nation’s medical facilities, that is why he wants to travel abroad for medical attention as well perform his religious obligation in Saudi Arabia”.

He further informed the court that the senator had always appeared for his trial and had never flouted any of the conditions attached to his bail and that he will promptly return his International Passport upon his return to the court.

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The court was also reminded that despite an earlier leave granted by the court for Ndume to travel which the SSS frustrated, that he promptly returned the passport to the custody of the court.

In opposing the application, Mr. Sunday Mordi, the prosecution counsel, informed the court that he filed and served a Nine- paragraph affidavit on the 11th of July and sought rely on all the avirements in the counter affidavit and adopt it as prosecution’s argument in opposing the application.

“We urge this court to dismiss this application in the interest of justice and the security of the entire nation as granting it will jeopardize the process of this trial. We all know that this country is under siege by the dreaded Boko Haram. We hear tales of bomb blasts in Damaturu, Yobe and Jos”

Mr. Mordi also faulted the claims by the embattled senator on the issue of medical attention abroad, noting that there are medical facilities across the nation to cater for whatever ailment he may be suffering from.

Senator Ndume, in his application, did not specify what ailment he is suffering from nor the nature of the proposed treatment being sought abroad.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole subsequently adjourned ruling on the application to Tuesday 24 July.

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