Sunday, February 12, 2012

Independence Day bombing:The journey so far

10 February 2012

The experience of 1 October,2010 will ever reman fresh in the memory of Nigerians who witnessed or heard about the twin bombing which rocked the nation’s capital, Abuja during its 50th independence celebration. The patethic scenario sent many people to their early graves, while it left many injured.

No sooner than the explosion occured that the operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) arrested Charles Okah and some others over their alleged involvement in the bomb blast which the Movement for the Emancipation  of the Niger Delta MEND had earlier claimed responsibility of.

The travails of  Okah, the younger brother to the embattled ex-leader of MEND, Henry Okah, was further compounded, as he was twice arraigned before a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, over two separate criminal charges bordering on acts of terrorism and other treasonable offences committed against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Charles, who already had two subsisting criminal charges pending against him before an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court, was docked alongside four other persons accused of endangering the life of President Goodluck Jonathan, while Nigeria celebrated its 50th  independence anniversary in Abuja.

Others who also took turns to enter plea of ‘not guilty’ to all the criminal charges preferred against them by the Attorney-General of the Federation were Obi Nwabueze, Edmond Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis Osvwo, a.k.a General Gbokos.

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