Friday, June 10, 2011

Judge fixes judgement day for Charles Okah

10 June 2011

Charles Okah and three other men facing trials over the October 1, 2010 deadly bomb blasts in Abuja will know their fate on July 29 when the judge delivers ruling on the culpability of the accused on charges of terrorism and treasonable felony faced by them.

Mr Okah, alongside Edmund Ebiware, Obi Nwabueze and Tiemkemfa Francis Osuwo (aka General Gbokos) were arrested by officers of the state security service in the wake of the bombs detonated in Abuja on the day Nigeria was celebrating its 50th independence anniversary. A group, calling itself the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had threatened to disrupt the event. Charles Okah’s younger brother, Henry, believed to be a leader of MEND, is currently facing a separate trial in South Africa.

At yesterday’s sitting, Gabriel Kolowole the presiding Judge adjourned to July 29 to rule on whether to quash the charges or not.

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