Charles Okah’s death a rumour?

By Amako Nneji October 7, 2015 17:40

Charles Okah’s death a rumour?

The Nigeria Prisons Service on Wednesday, described as “rumour” the death of the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah.

Okah was said to have died in prison shortly after returning from a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday.

On Okah’s purported death, the NPS spokesman, Francis Enobore, told journalist that it was a rumour, adding that the suspect is not dead.

He said, “Charles Okah is not dead. The information you received was false and please disregards it.”

Security operatives attached to Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Tuesday prevented the suspected terrorist from committing suicide while in court.

Okah, who is standing trial on charges of terrorism, had sought the permission of the judge to speak on what he termed “endless trial” as his counsel was absent in court.

After he ended his speech, he grabbed a chair in the court and quickly moved toward a window on third floor of the five-storey building and tried to jump down, but was held back by security operatives.

Charles, who is a younger brother to ex-leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Henry Okah, who had since been convicted by a South African Court, is facing terrorism charges alongside one Obi Nwabueze.

Apart from a one-count charge against him, the Federal government alleged that he conspired with Henry Okah and one Emmanuel Allison to make a direct attempt to endanger the life of Former President Goodluck Jonathan by seeking to drive two motor vehicles wired with time-regulated explosive devices to the Eagle Square where the Independence celebration was taking place.

Charles was said to have among other offences, engaged the services of one Bassey Umoren, a welder, and paid him N50, 000, to construct hidden compartments into four motor cars, two of which were subsequently loaded with explosive devices in Port-Harcourt by Obi Nwabueze and Chima Orlu, at large, and positioned on 1st October near the venue of the anniversary for the purpose of levying war against the state.