Charles Tombrah Okah
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, suspended the trial of the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bomb blast that killed 12 persons at Eagle Square in Abuja, Mr. Charles Okah.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole deferred the trial till March 10 to enable Okah, who is facing a terrorism charge alongside one Obi Nwabueze, to recuperate from knee surgery he underwent at the National Hospital in Abuja.
Owing to the surgery, Okah, who has been in detention at Kuje prison, Abuja could not attend the court proceeding.
Justice Kolawole earlier ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to provide tight security around the hospital where Okah is receiving treatment.
Charles, who is a younger brother to ex-leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta ( MEND), Mr. Henry Okah, who had since been convicted by a South African Court, had on October 6 attempted to commit suicide while his trial was going on.
His effort to leap from a window in the court room which is situated on the third floor of the high court complex, was thwarted by both lawyers and prison officials. Before his attempt to jump through the window was foiled, Okah, who addressed the judge from the dock, expressed his frustration over what he described as his “endless trial.”
He blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for his travails, saying he was a victim of a highly dysfunctional criminal justice system.
Charles alongside his brother, Henry were said to have engaged in various terrorist activities and threatened the lives of a number of heads of government include Jonathan’s.
The Federal Governemnt has so far called four witnesses to testify against the accused persons.
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