Apo Six: Court Adjourns Adoption Of Final Written Addresses

Court, ApoThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the adoption of final written addresses in the alleged extra judicial killing of six Apo traders till October 11.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the first defence counsel, Mr Ricky Tarfa, applied for an extension of time to file and serve his final written address.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Mamman Osuman, did not oppose the application, but asked the court to grant 21 days to the prosecution to file its reply.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, granted the applications of both counsels.

The Attorney-General of the Federation had in 2005 filed a 9-count charge bordering on conspiracy and culpable homicide against the six police officers.

Court to rule on evidence against Senator Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will on December 14 decide whether or not to admit as evidence exhibits tendered against Senator Ali Ndume over his links to Boko Haram.

A forensic expert with the State Security Service (SSS), Aliyu Umar Musa, testified that the lawmaker had 73 telephone conversations with the convicted spokesperson of Boko Haram, Ali Konduga between the months of May and November 2011.

He also added that the lawmaker stored Mr Konduga’s mobile phone number as ‘Konduga’ with the initial Boko Haram.

The conversation which was  documented on three DVD plates is now being contested by Ndume’s lawyer, Mr Ricky Tarfa, who argued that the said evidence is a public document and should have been certified in line with the constitution and the rules of the court.

However counsel to the Federal Government, Thomspon Olatunde asked the court to disregard the objections raised by Mr Tarfa, as he admitted the evidence because it is not a public document since it was the findings of the forensic examiner, whose duty it to carry out investigation on the evidence.