Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Henry Okah's Brother, Charles, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

Henry Okah's Brother, Charles, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze to life imprisonment for the 2010 explosions in Abuja and Warri.

He said though the defendants called two witnesses including himself, while the second defendant called four, they were however unable to prove their innocence.

Okah is the brother of oil militant Henry Okah, the suspected mastermind of the two plots who is already serving a 24-year prison sentence in South Africa.

One of the alleged masterminds of the bombing incident, Osvwo Tekemfa Francis, a.k.a "General-Gbokos", died in prison custody, while the High Court, in a separate trial, sentenced the 3rd accused person, Edmund Ebiware, to life imprisonment. "The defendants are found guilty on the five counts relating to them and are hereby convicted", the judge said.

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Okah was convicted on two counts, while Nwabueze was convicted on three counts of the charges proffered against them.

The prosecuting counsel, Alex Iziyon (SAN), however, asked the court to give the convicts the maximum sentence prescribed by Section 15 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act on which they were tried.

He said that it was necessary for the maximum sentence to be given in order to ensure that justice was served in the eyes of families of those who died or sustained injuries.

Kolawole in citing the recent kidnap of 110 school girls from Dapchi town in Yobe, stressed that the judiciary can not remain aloof to the increasing wave of violent crimes in the country.

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NAN also recalls that in the course of the trial, the prosecution called 17 witnesses to prove that the defendants actually committed the crime.

Speaking after the judgment, Okah's lawyer, Emeka Okoroafor, and Nwabueze's lawyer, Ogheneovo Otemu, vowed to appeal against the judgment after reviewing it with their clients.

Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze were convicted for facilitating and financing the blasts during national celebrations in the capital Abuja.

The judge held that the prosecution has made out prima facie case through testimonies of witnesses, which linked the defendants with the charges and as such, required them to offer explanations for their actions. On December 15, the defence team closed their case after calling seven witnesses, and the judge later fixed judgment for yesterday.

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