Terror mastermind Okah’s trial set for October
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE trial of the mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah, has been adjourned to October following the absence of the lead prosecuting counsel.
Festus Keyamo could not attend proceedings at the Federal High Court
sitting in Abuja.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole as a result adjourned the matter to October 7.
The judge had in a previous ruling held that Okah was medically fit to
Delivering a ruling on an application by John Ainetor, counsel
representing Okah, for a private medical practitioner to carry out fresh
examination to ascertain his state of health, the Kolawole, held that the
request was “an abuse of court processes.”
“There is no merit in the applicant’s motion on notice, and it is hereby
dismissed,” the judge previously ruled before fixing the trial for today.
He then ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kuje Prisons,
Okah, in his application dated January 13, asked the court to allow an
independent medical practitioner to conduct a fresh test on him, arguing
that the earlier one by the National Hospital was biased.
Okah, a brother to former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of
the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, is being tried alongside Obi Nwabueze
for the October 1, 2010 multiple bombings near the Eagle Square in Abuja,
which caused the death of at least 12 people.
Henry is serving life in South Africa for terrorism.
Another accused person, Edmund Ebiware, was also convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Tiemkemfa Francis Osvwo, also known as General Gbokos, one of the
suspected masterminds of the bomb attack, who was arraigned alongside
Charles Okah, Nwabueze and Ebiware, died in detention in Kuje Prisons.
– CAJ News
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