Tuesday, December 6, 2011

No bail for senator as Magistrate’s Court terminates case

Senator  Ndume Senator Ndume

Ndume, who is alleged to be a financier of Boko Haram, was discharged from the charges of criminal intimidation at the Abuja Magistrate’s Court.
Chief Magistrate Oyewumi Oyebola terminated the charge following the withdrawal of the First Information Report (FIR) by the State Security Service (SSS).
Ndume was arraigned with Konduga over a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and anonymous calls.
Prosecutor Cliff Osagie told the court that a fresh charge had been filed against Ndume, hence no need for prosecution at the Magistrate Court.
The development stopped the ruling on Ndume’s bail application.
The court will today make a pronouncement on Konduga’s conviction. He pleaded guilty to the charges. 
At the last sitting, the court convicted Konduga for nine years but the sentence was deferred after an oral application by Osagie, who said the investigation of the matter was on going.
Specifically, Konduga is accused of disclosing classified information to unauthorised persons between September 15th and November 3 in Maiduguri, Borno State and in Abuja.
The alleged offence is contrary to Section 398 of the Penal Code.
Ndume pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Konduga, who gave his account in Hausa through an interpreter, Mustapha Shehu, admitted being guilty as charged.
Pleading with the court to tamper justice with mercy, he confessed to the court that he was behind the threat text messages to the Judges sitting in the
Borno State Election Petition Tribunal, which relocated to Abuja.
He also claimed responsibility for the threat messages sent to Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and his counterpart in Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu.
He gave the names of others he sent text messages to as: Sen. Sanusi Daggash (former Minister of Works) and Dr. Dalhatu Tafida (Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK).
According to him, the threat messages were to compel the victims to comply with Boko Haram’s conditions. 
But Konduga’s father told a news conference at the weekend that his son is insane.
Chief Magistrate Oyewumi convicted Konduga, in line with Section 318 of the Criminal Code Law.