A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out the terrorism charges instituted against a former Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, in 2011.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in his judgment upheld Ndume’s no-case-submission on the grounds that the prosecution was unable to establish any prima facie case against the defendant.
The judge held that the prosecution failed to lead any evidence to prove any of the ingredients of the four counts cited on Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011.
The Federal Government through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, filed the charges dated November 30, 2011, against the senator currently representing the Borno South Senatorial District.
The prosecution had alleged a link between Ndume and a suspected member of Boko Haram, Ali Konduga, who had since been convicted and sentenced for terrorism charges.
Ndume was accused of, among other offences, sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, and providing logistics support to the violent sect.