A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday ordered that Charles Okah, one of the suspected masterminds of the October 1, 2010 bombing should be made to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to ascertain whether he is fit to stand trial or not.
The order was contained in a ruling given by Justice Gabriel Kolawole following arguments on whether the accused person, who is a brother to the convicted leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was fit enough to stand trial.
The younger Okah, who was brought to court on a wheelchair is facing trial for his alleged involvement in the bomb blast that killed 12 people during Nigeria’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations. His elder brother is serving time in a South African prison for being the mastermind of the bombing.
Okah could not stand when the case was called and his wheelchair had to be pushed to the side of the dock as he could not get up to enter the dock. His counsel, John Anietor said his client could no longer walk as a result of the deterioration of his health.