Ndume had on friday resumed efforts to retrieve his international passport from the custody of the court as his lawyers pleaded with the court for its release. Meanwhile, the senator is standing trial for alleged terrorism financing. His passport had been deposited with the court as one of the conditions for his bail.
In the application filed by his lawyers led by Mr Segun Jolaowo, the senator urged the court to release his travel documents to enable him perform Islamic religious rites in Saudi Arabia and seek further medical attention overseas. In the words of Jolaowo, “We all know the state of our nation’s medical facilities, that is why he wants to travel abroad for medical attention as well perform his religious obligation in Saudi Arabia.”
However, in opposing the application, the prosecutor, Mr Sunday Mordi, urged the court to dismiss the application in the interest of justice and the security of the entire nation. The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole subsequently adjourned ruling on the application to Tuesday, July 24.