Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MEND: Court orders psychiatrist test on Charles Okah

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division of the Federal High
Court, Wednesday, ordered Charles Okah, who is a younger brother to
ex-leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta,
MEND, Henry, be subjected to a psychiatric test.
The court directed that the test should be conducted with a view to
ascertaining if Charles who is currently answering to a criminal
allegation bothering on terrorism, is fit to stand trial.
Charles Okah
Okah, alongside one Obi Nwabueze, are facing trial over the 2010
Independence Day twin bomb blasts at the Eagle Square, which caused
the death of about 12 people, leaving several others injured.
It will be recalled that one of the alleged masterminds of the
bombing, Mr Osvwo Tekemfa Francis, a.k.a 'General-Gbokos', died in
prison while the trial was going on, even as the high court, in a
separate judgment, jailed one of the accused persons, Edmund Ebiware,
to life imprisonment.
All the accused persons were said to have superintended over varying
terrorist activities that hitherto took place within the oil rich
Niger Delta region of the country, including the bomb explosion that
rocked a post amnesty programme that was organised by Vanguard
Newspaper in Warri, Delta State.
Meanwhile, Charles, who has since gone to the Abuja Division of the
Appeal Court to challenge his trial, was Wednesday brought to court in
a wheel chair by prison officials.

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