Court strike out treason charge against Okah

(Last Updated On: 2017-06-01)

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of an Abuja Federal High Court, on Thursday struck out one of the charges the Federal Government leveled against the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah.

The judge disclosed that the charge was dismissed because the said evidence cited in court did not prove a case of treason as contained in count one of the charge.

He said the evidence did not prove that the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, who was at the Eagle Square at the time of the explosion was intimidated by the attack.

Kolawaole held that the evidence failed to prove that Jonathan was sneaked out of the Eagle Square, venue of the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s independence.

The judge held that the evidence cited by the prosecution failed to prove that governors who attended a meeting on March 15, 2010 in Warri, Delta State, where another blast occurred, were also intimidated.

However, Justice Kolawaole also dismissed a no-case submission filed by Okah and other defendants.

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