NDUME CALLED KONDUGA 73 TIMES — sss

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By Andrew Orolua and Grace Akor
A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday heard that there were 73communications between Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume and self confessed Boko Haram  spokesperson  Ali Sada Umar Konduga (aka Usman Al-Zawahiri) who is currently serving a jail term.
Senator Ndume and Konduga had the communications between  October 3, 2011 and November 3, 2011 when the convict was arrested and his subsequent  plea of guilty to the charge preferred against him by the State Security Service (SSS).
In continuation of his evidence yesterday, the Prosecution Witness, Aliyu Usman, a forensic examiner attached to the Special Investigation Panel Department of the SSS told the court that the phone examination report of the two mobile phones, Nokia E7 and Nokia 2700 showed that the first SMS was sent from Ndume’s phone to that of Konduga on October 3, 2012.
He told the court that exploitation of the phones; assessment, documentation and reporting of findings were done according to standard specification, being a graduate of Electrical Electronic.
Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi and a certified member of Digital Forensic Examiner from  a sister agency in the USA and in Isreal.
But when the prosecution wanted to tender the report of the witness, contained in three different DVDs after the examination of the two phones, the defence counsel, Mr. Ricky Tarfa (SAN) vehemently objected to it on the grounds that there was no evidence before the court that the items seeking to be tendered were primary evidence.
Tarfa said the DVDs were computer generated evidence, which required a backing statement to authenticate the veracity of the items seeking to be tendered and prayed the court to reject the DVDs.
While urging the court to admit the items as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Thompson Olatigbe said it is the responsibility of the court to look and admit them as exhibits.
The DVDs are not computer generated as the witness said he used two kits to get the data from the two phones he exploited”, Olatigbe told the court, pointing out that the three DVDs are not public document as such do not require certification as submitted by the defence.
After listening to the submissions of parties in the matter, the trial Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawale reserved ruling till tomorrow on the admissibility of the items the prosecution is seeking to tender.
Senator Ndume is facing four count charges for terrorism related offences.

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