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Charles Okah Stopped From Attempted Suicide In Court

Security operatives at­tached to Justice Gabriel Kolawole at the Federal High Court, Abuja, yes­terday prevented Charles Okah, the alleged master­mind of the 2010 Inde­pendence Day bombing from committing suicide 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.

The judge granted the oral application and permit­ted Okah to speak for about five minutes.

Okah said ”I have been incarcerated for about five years now and I have a family to cater for.

”My children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father and I am tired of this endless trial.

”I really do not know what I have done to be treated this way.

”Is it not better to die than to wait and be messed up this way?’’ he asked.

Immediately after Okah 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 attempted to jump down.

He was immediately pulled back by security op­eratives, lawyers and other litigants from embarking on the action.

Consequently, Kolawole adjourned the case to Oct. 20 for continuation of trial.

Others charged in the case are Obi Nwabueze and Edmund Ebuware.

The fourth accused, Tiemkemfa Osuvwo, died in Kuje prison, while Ebu- wari has been jailed for life as his case was separately decided.

However, Okah and Nwabueze have been fac­ing long trial as a result of the introduction of numer­ous injunctions from both the prosecution and de­fence teams. (NAN)

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