Kuje Prison Officials Strip Okah Naked for Using Phone, Granting Inverview

Samuel Izibiri (SAN), counsel to the detained leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Charles Okah, Monday, accused officials of Kuje Prisons of melting out corporal punishment to his client.
Izibiri said as an act of punishment for an alleged using phone in the cell and granting an interview to a radio house from prison, Okah was allegedly stripped naked and his phone confiscated.
The counsel said the punishment was against lay down standard rules of Prisons.
The trial Judge, Gabriel Kolawole, wondered on what authorities the officials got the right to melt out corporal punishment to prison’s inmates.
“No official has the right to strip a prisoner naked or melt out corporal punishment to any prisoner. If this is repeated the officials involved will be summoned to the court.
“If Okah used phone or talked to a radio house it is in collusion with with prison officials”, he said.
The prosecution counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon, said he was not aware of Okah’s ordeal, saying nobody told him anything. He however apologised, adding it was against prison rule to strip inmates naked.
He said what he was told was that the prison’s authorities wanted to bring charges against him for using phone while in detention but had to play it down.
Meanwhile, in continuation of trial of Okah, in his involvement in the 2010 Eagle Square, Abuja, bombing, the prosecution presented its 17th witness.
An operative of the Department of State Security (DSS),: Humphrey Idowu Ohikware, during a cross examination by the defence counsel said he was instructed to retrieve the way bill that accompanied a bag from from Lagos to Port Harcourt through ABC Motor Transport Company.
But Izibiri had asked the witness to take note of a portion of the his written statement that said the consignment he was asked to retrieve was from Abuja to Lagos.
The witness said it was incorrect as it was from Lagos to Abuja
Dr. Iziyon then asked to correct that portion through application or asked the Judge to overlook the error
The case was adjourned till January 31 for the prosecution to present its last witness.
Okah is currently being tried alongside Obi Nwabueze for allegedly masterminding the 2010, Nigeria’s Independence Day bombing at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Author: News Editor

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