Drama As Alleged Terrorist, Charles Okah, Attempts Suicide In Court

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday witnessed a melodrama on Tuesday as Charles Okah, the alleged mastermind of the October 1, 2010, twin bomb blasts at the Eagle Square attempted to commit suicide in court.

 The Street Journal recalls that the accused has been standing trial for alleged terrorism before Justice Gabriel Kolawole since his arrest and arraignment five years ago.

 At Tuesday’s resumed trial, Okah, whose lawyer was absent in court, sought Justice Kolawole’s leave to air his views over what he described as “endless trial.”

 When the judge obliged him the request, Okah, who spoke for about five minutes, said: “I have been incarcerated for about five years now, and I have a family to cater for.

 “My children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father. I’m tired of this endless trial.”

 Suddenly, like a script taken straight from a Nollywood movie, the accused grabbed a chair in the court and ran towards a window in the 5-storey building, tried to break the louvres and jump down in an apparent suicide attempt.

It took the combined efforts of the court’s security personnel, lawyers and litigants to overpower Okah, whose elder brother is currently serving a jail sentence in a South African court over terrorism offences.

 Kolawole, therefore, adjourned continuation of the trial until October 20

Author: News Editor

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