Okah Opens Defence in Terrorism Trial

Charles Okah, the suspected mastermind of Abuja 2010 Independent day bombings, Wednesday, commenced defence of his trial at an Abuja Federal High Court.
Okah, who is being accused by the Federal Government of masterminding the October 1, 2010 Independence Day bomb blast near Eagle square Abuja, gave evidence in defence of the terrorism charges.
Okah has being in custody since 2010, after he was fingered as a mastermind of the bomb blast.
Following his arrest, the Federal Government had slammed him with charges bordering on terrorism and treason.
However, Justice Kolawole had on June 1, 2017, struck out one of the charges the Federal Government levelled against him.
Also testifying on Wednesday before the trial Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, was Okah’s son, Boloebi Charles Okah.
Okah, Nwabueze, Edmund Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis-Osvwo (aka General Gbokos) were first arraigned before the court on December 7, 2010 over their alleged involvement in the blast which left about 12 people dead and several others injured.
Francis-Osvwo died later in prison custody, while another, Ebiware, who had his trial conducted separately, is serving life sentence upon his conviction in 2013, leaving Okah and Nwabueze to await trial.
At Wednesday’s trial, Boloebi mounted the witness box as defence witness (DW2), while Okah was DW3.
Led in evidence by defence counsel, Samuel Zibiri, the DW2, who said he lives in Canada, admitted making his witness statement on oath on October 7, 2017.
He identified the statement and sought it to be tendered in evidence, which the prosecution counsel, Alex Izinyon did not raise objection.
The witness statement contained Boloebi’s International passport, Delta Airline ticket and school fees receipt of Kansas University.
Upon cross examination by the prosecution counsel, the defence witness admitted that he did not attach his admission letter, the course he was given to study.
Boloebi also told the court that the father gave him the sum of $13,000 USD for expenses.
He stated that after his arrest and release by the Department of State Security, “I travelled to Canada because nothing incriminating was found on me”.
On his part, Okah in his evidence in chief tendered his statement in evidence.
They include, Office copy of proof of evidence between Federal Republic of Nigeria vs Henry Okah July 2008; photocopy of data passport of ECOWAS international passport issued to Henry Okah; photocopy of affidavit deposed to on 5th July 2011, and a brochure.
The court admitted the documents in evidence.
The court adjourned to October 24 for continuation of trial.

Author: News Editor

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