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A’Court rejects call logs evidence in Senator Ali Ndume. One of the sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists.


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Senator Aliyu Ndume, who is facing trial for allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, got a reprieve on Tuesday as the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, overturned the admission in evidence of records of mobile telephone conversations between him and a former spokesman of the terror sect, Ali Konduga (aka Al Zawahiri).

Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Federal High Court, had in two rulings on December 11 and 14, 2012, admitted in evidence, DVDs containing results of the forensic analysis of two mobile telephones said to be retrieved from Ndume and Konduga – including call data records – as exhibits P7, P8, P8a and P8b.

The DVDs were tendered in court by the State Security Service.

 

Following the development, Ndume, through his lawyer, Rickey Terfa, SAN, approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the admission of the DVDs.

The defence counsel argued that the DVDs, which were computer generated, did not meet the criteria required for the admission of computer generated materials as evidence under the Evidence Act.

Ruling on the application on Tuesday, the panel of justices of the Court of Appeal upheld the two appeals filed by Ndume.

In a judgment read by Justice Amiru Sanusi, the appellate court faulted the admission of the materials in evidence by the Abuja FHC.

The Court of Appeal held that the Abuja FHC erred when it admitted the DVDs in evidence even when the prosecution failed to comply with the condition precedent as required under Section 84(1) and (2) of the Evidence Act 2011 (as amended) in relation to the admission of computer generated evidence.

According to the appellate court, the word “shall” in section 84 of the Evidence Act made it compulsory that its provisions must be complied with.

“In this case, the respondent failed to comply with the condition precedent as prescribed in Section 84 (2) of the Evidence Act,” Justice Sanusi stated.

The court, as a result, declared as wrongful, the admission in evidence of the DVDs marked exhibits ‘P7, P8, P8a and P8b’, which contained the records of mobile telephone exchanges between Ndume and Konduga.

The call data records had revealed a total of 73 mobile telephone conversations between Ndume and Konduga from October 3, 2011 to November 3, 2011.

A forensic examiner attached to the Special Investigation Unit of the SSS, Mr. Aliyu Usman, had made the disclosure while testifying before the Abuja FHC.

Disclosing details of the DVDs, the witness also informed the court how Ndume and Konduga saved each other’s numbers on their mobile telephones.

While Ndume’s number was saved on entry 78 on Konduga’s mobile telephone as ‘INDUME Sen. Ali.’, the former Boko Haram spokesman’s phone number was stored on entry 1819 on the Senator’s mobile phone as ‘Mal. Ali. BH’

The call data records were obtained after a forensic analysis of a Nokia E7 phone said to belong to Ndume, and a Nokia 2700 belonging to Konduga.

Ndume was arraigned before the Abuja FHC on a four-count charge bordering on terrorism after he was implicated by Konduga, who was eventually convicted and sentenced for his role in the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram sect.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram may be operating from Cameroon.


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BOKO Haram insurgents may have struck from a new base in Cameroon, following renewed attacks on Borno villages, the military has said.

It was also learnt that the military seeks to prevail on the Federal Government to reach out to Cameroonian authorities on a bilateral campaign against the insurgents.

Last Saturday, Boko Haram attacked Arboko village, behind Gwoza Hills, killing five and burning 35 houses.

Unspecified number of insurgents were killed in a counter-attack by troops.

But investigation has linked the latest attack to a base being operated by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon.

A military source said: “Last Saturday’s attack was not behind Sambisa Forest, but Gwoza Hills at Abroko.

“From available intelligence, the terrorists came in from Cameroon, killing five civilians and burning 35 houses.

“When we got the alert, troops were despatched to the locality, where they encountered the terrorists, killing and several of them.

“Following the superior counter-attack from our troops, the insurgents fled. The area is being searched at the moment.”

The source added: “We have strong clues that Boko Haram insurgents have shifted base to Cameroon. It is from this base that they have been invading villages and schools in Borno and Yobe states.

“What the military is doing now is to ask the Federal Government to enter into a pact with the Cameroonian government to rid the borders of insurgents.

“We are hopeful that with political understanding, it is a matter of time before the insurgents are checked.”

Defence Headquarters spokesman Maj-Gen. Chris Olubolade said: “Troops have been deployed in the village occupied by the insurgents and they have fled the area.

“We will also ensure the protection of life and property in the affected area.”

A statement by the spokesman of the 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Muhammad Dole, confirmed the encounters between troops on Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza Road.

Dole said the success of air raid had depleted the strength of Boko Haram.

The statement said: “The air bombardment of insurgents’ hideouts in Mainok and Mada areas of Kaga and Konduga local government areas by the Air Force claimed the lives of some Boko Haram terrorists.

“The terrorists were seen conducting a funeral for their dead members around Mudube village.

“Troops of 7 Division encountered Boko Haram insurgents on the Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza road during which eight terrorists were killed, three vehicles and three AK 47 rifles burnt, while scores of others fled with injuries.

“Recently, due to increased offensive ground and air strikes, there is serious decimation of Boko Haram fighters.

“This forced them (Boko Haram) to embark on a forceful conscription of youths and abduction of women. The troops are on their trail to ensure the safe release of these captives.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Army in major offensive kills 149 Boko Haram members.


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The Army yesterday confirmed that it had killed a top Boko Haram commander, Abba Boroma, on whose head it had earlier placed a bounty of N10m.

Intelligence sources said Boroma was responsible for series of attacks on military and police formations.

He is also linked to the killings of students in the North-East zone.

In an offensive on the Kafiyar Forests in Borno that lasted for several hours, soldiers of the 81 Battalion reportedly killed 149 members of the sect.

It was learnt last night that the Army, however, lost a lieutenant and 15 soldiers while nine are still missing.

The fierce fighting took place last Thursday and the Army High Command has reportedly launched an investigation into the incident while working assiduously to rescue the missing soldiers.

While it conceded that the camp was well-fortified, the army said its troops were able to level it after hours of fierce exchange of gunfire.

“The fact is that on September 12, troops of 81 Battalion under the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army carried out a deliberate attack on the insurgents located at Kafiyar Forests.

The camp was well fortified and the attack lasted for several hours.

“However, the camp was brought down and over 150 insurgents were killed. The enemy camp was cleared. We lost a lieutenant and 15 soldiers. Nine are still missing in action.

“Abba Boroma, a highvalue target with a bounty of N10m placed on him was also killed,” said Ibrahim Attahiru, a Brig.-Gen. and spokesman of the Nigerian Army.

Attahiru faulted reports that the Army did not do its homework well, saying in all war situations, casualties are often expected on both sides. He said the Army remained on top of its game and was bent on restoring the state and the North- East zone to normalcy.

Meanwhile, 48 hours after a vigilance youth was killed by a policeman in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, members of the state’s Vigilance Youth Group, BVYG, have arrested 19 Boko Haram suspects in five villages of Konduga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrests, according to a vigilance youth, Ibrahim Yakub, were made after a three-day “search and hunt” exercise of fleeing Boko Haram members in Konduga town and other neighbouring villages at the weekend.

Konduga is 40 kilometres east of Maiduguri, where at least 55 people were killed in August, including eight policemen and soldiers by the insurgents at a place of worship.

Speaking yesterday in Maiduguri on the arrests, one of the vigilance youths, AbubakarGoni Adam, said the 19 suspects were pursued to the villages of Konduga and other communities bordering the Sambisa Games Reserves Forest.

“The fleeing Boko Haram sect members had been hiding in the forests, but with the destruction of their training camps and hideouts by the Special Operational Forces of Nigerian Army in June, the sect members fled to towns and villages bordering the forests.

“Our members had to intervene and act in tracking down these people that attacked and killed people in the affected areas.

“With the assistance of soldiers and the police, we were able to arrest 19 suspects along with some rifles and ammunition in Konduga and other communities bordering the forests at the weekend.”

Our correspondent also learnt that the arrested suspects were tied with their hands at the back, before they were taken to Maiduguri and handed over to soldiers of 7 Division of Nigerian Army at the NEPA office.

Borno State Police Commissioner, Lawal- Tanko, also confirmed the arrest of the suspects by the vigilance youths yesterday. He said some rifles and ammunition were recovered from the fleeing Boko Haram members.

Tanko said: “Our attention is now concentrated on the patrol of these towns and villages on market days as the gunmen take advantage of market days to launch attacks on innocent people.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Mosque Raided By Suspected Islamist Militants In Konduga, Borno State – 44 Shot During Prayers.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

In the latest outbreak of violence in Borno state, outside of Maiduguri, suspected Islamist militants are believed to have assassinated 44 members of the mosque during prayers.
Members of a civilian vigilante group working with the military and a state security service agent reported on Monday that they counted 44 bodies at the scene of the attack. Usman Musa of the civilian group said four of the group’s vigilantes were also killed when they responded to calls for help.

The slayings occurred Sunday morning in Konduga town, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state.

Along the way from Maiduguri to Konduga, the civilian activists encountered “fierce resistance from heavily armed terrorists,” Musa said.

The state security agent spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The incident follows two separate gun battles between Nigerian security forces and Boko Haram in Borno last Tuesday, according to a military spokesman in which some 35 people were killed.

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