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Court Strikes Out Treason Charge Against Charles Okah Over Independence Day Bombing

By JAMES EZEMA

Charles Okah, who was accused of masterminding the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital territory, has had treason charge against him struck out by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

While striking out the charge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said he was dismissing the allegation because evidence cited in court did not prove that former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was at Eagle Square at the time of the incident was the target of the blast or intimidated by the attackers.

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He said the evidence before him failed to prove that the then President Jonathan was sneaked out of Eagle Square, venue of the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s independence, insisting that the evidence did not prove a case of treason as contained in count one of the charge.

According to the Judge, the evidence cited by the prosecution failed to prove that governors who attended a meeting on March 15, 2010 in Warri, Delta State, where another blast occurred, were also intimidated.

However, Justice Kolawole dismissed a no-case submission filed by Mr. Okah and other defendants, leaving the defendant to face only terrorism charge preferred against them.

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