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Independence Day Bombing: Charles Okah Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday sentenced Charles Okah and his co-defendant, Obi Nwabueze, to life imprisonment for their role in the 2010 Independence Day bombing that left at least 12 people dead in Abuja.

Okah, a former militant leader, and the second defendant, Nwabueze, were convicted of masterminding the bomb blast which occurred in Abuja on October 1, 2010 and an earlier bombing in Warri, Delta State, on March 15 of the same year.

The two convicts were said to have planned the attacks with Charles’ elder brother, Mr. Henry Okah, the leader of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, who had been convicted of the same offences and sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment by a South African court in 2013.

In a 4 hour, 30 minutes judgment, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ruled that the prosecution proved the charges preferred against Charles and Nwabueze beyond reasonable doubt.

The judge noted that the second defendant, Nwabueze, particularly made himself available to run illegal errands for Henry Okah who provided N1.2m used to purchase five fairly used cars deployed for the Warri blast while Charles Okah, provided the sum of N2m used for the purchase of the four cars deployed for the Independence Day blast in Abuja.

Consequently, they were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment as prescribed Sections 15(1) and (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004, under which they were charged.

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