Four days after Henry Okah, the former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) who was also accused of masterminding the October 1, 2010 bomb blasts in Abuja was was found guilty by a South African court, one of his alleged accomplices, Edmund Ebiware was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Federal High Court that sat in Abuja.
Ebiware was arrested by operatives of the State Security Service on the 2nd of October at a hotel in Abuja.
While delivering his ruling, Justice Gabriel Kolawole who had listened to tthe testimony of the witnesses lined up as well as the exhibits, denounced Ebiware’s attitude and his failure to disclose to the agents of the Nigerian Government that acts of terrorism were being planned. The judge drew from Section 40 (B) of the Criminal Code Act, which says anybody that becomes an accessory to treason or becomes aware of the commission of treason and fails to give evidence to the President, a State Governor or a law enforcement officer in order to prevent the commission of the crime, is liable to treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Justice Kolawole said “I concluded that the accused person is adjudged guilty as charged, being aware early in September 2010, that Henry Okah was planning a bomb attack but did not give such information to any of the persons or authority listed in Section 40 (B) of the Criminal Code Act. ”
Henry Okah who was accused of being the mastermind of the blasts was found guilty by a South African court and prosecutors say he could be facing a life sentence too.