Court strikes out Independence Day bombing charge against Charles Okah



Nwabueze Obi (left) and Charles Okah (second left) suspects behind Abuja October 1st bomb blasts, walking out of courtroom at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday. PHOTO: NAN

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out one of the charges brought against the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah – Charles Okah is a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) and the brother of Henry Okah who was the leader of the group.

Court strikes out Independence Day bombing charge against Charles Okah Justice Gabriel Kolawole who presided over the case said the it was dismissed as a result of the inability of the prosecution to prove that President Goodluck Jonathan, who was at the Eagle Square during the bombing, was the target of the blast or was intimidated by the attack. According to him, the evidence presented failed to prove that Goodluck Jonathan was sneaked out of the eagle square, venue of the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s independence.

The Justice also said the evidence did not prove a case of treason as contained in count one of the charge. Going further, he posited that the evidence cited by the prosecution did not prove that governors were targeted in a blast during a meeting on March 15, 2010 in Warri, Delta state. Kolawole also said the governors were intimidated. He however dismissed a no-case submission filed by Mr. Okah and other defendants.

Charles Okah is a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) and the brother of Henry Okah who was the leader of the group.


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