Boko Haram: SSS Claims Ndume, Konduga Had Contact

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The State Security Service (SSS) told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, that Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume’s call log, showed that he communicated with Mohammed Konduga (a convict) 73 times, in a month.

The senator who is representing Borno South Senatorial District is standing trial for alleged link with the dreaded Boko Haram Sect.

Konduga, who was alleged to be a former spokesman of the sect, is currently serving a three year jail term after he pleaded guilty to the charges filed by the SSS.

Ndume had insisted that his link with the group was necessitated by his membership of the Presidential Committee to restore peace in the troubled North East of the country.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Mr Aliyu Usman, a forensic expert with the SSS, while giving evidence said that the history of the communication contacts was contained in the two mobile telephones obtained from Ndume and Konduga.

Usman said that the communication between the two persons took place between October 3, 2011 and November 3, 2011, and added that they were inform of SMS and voices.

He said that the data extracted from the two mobile phones were subjected to forensic analysis, and added that the results were stored in three copies of DVDs.

Usman said that the two mobile phones used MTN mobile network providers’ lines, and disclosed that the details of the communication were obtained from the network.

When the prosecution counsel, Mr Thompson Olatigbe, sought to tender the three DVDs as evidence, Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN), counsel to Ndume objected to it.

Tarfa argued that the items being secondary evidence should have been accompanied by a statement.

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