BREAKING: Court strikes out Independence Day bombing charge against Charles Okah of MEND



- A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out one of the charges
brought against the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day
bombing, Charles Okah
- Charles Okah is a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of
Niger Delta (MEND) and the brother of Henry Okah who was the
leader of the group.
Court strikes out Independence Day bombing charge against
Charles Okah
Justice Gabriel Kolawole who presided over the case said the it was
dismissed as a result of the inability of the prosecution to prove that
President Goodluck Jonathan, who was at the Eagle Square during the
bombing, was the target of the blast or was intimidated by the attack.
According to him, the evidence presented failed to prove that Goodluck
Jonathan was sneaked out of the eagle square, venue of the 50th anniversary
celebration of Nigeria’s independence.
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The Justice also said the evidence did not prove a case of treason as
contained in count one of the charge.
Going further, he posited that the evidence cited by the prosecution did not
prove that governors were targeted in a blast during a meeting on March 15,
2010 in Warri, Delta state.
Kolawole also said the governors were intimidated.
He however dismissed a no-case submission filed by Mr. Okah and other
defendants.

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