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Terrorism: Okah, son’s defence resumes

The terrorism trial of Charles Okah, the alleged mastermind of the October 1st Independence Day bomb blast near Eagle square Abuja, resumes tomorrow before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Okah and his son, Boloebi Charles at the last court sitting, gave evidence-in-chief as defence witnesses in his ongoing terrorism trial. 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 October 1, 2010 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. Led in evidence by defence counsel, Samuel Zibiri, Boloebi, the second defence witness, who said he lives in Canada, admitted making his witness statement on oath on October 7, 2017. He identifi ed the statement and sought it to be tendered in evidence, to which the prosecution counsel, Alex Izinyon. SAN, did not object .

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,” In his testimonial, 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 affi davit deposed to on 5th July 2011, and a brochure. Th e court admitted the documents in evidence

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