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FRN v. Henry Okah

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday 09/6/2014, declared that Charles Okah, the suspected mastermind of the October 1, 2010, twin bomb blasts at Eagle Square, Abuja, was fit to stand trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Okah and Obi Nwabueze were arrested and charged with terrorism, following the bombings.

Mr John Ainetor, Okah’s counsel, however, brought an application that Okah was not mentally fit to stand trial, urging the court to allow a private medical doctor to examine him.

The court had earlier ordered that a medical test be conducted on Okah at the National Hospital, Abuja, but Ainetor insisted on having a private doctor’s report besides it.

Dr. Alex A. Izinyon, SAN, prosecution counsel, had urged the court to dismiss the application, describing it as an abuse of court process.

He argued that it was a ploy to delay the matter, which had yet to make any progress since 2010 when the suit was instituted.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that Ainetor’s application was an abuse of court process and dismissed it.

“The request for a private medical evaluation of the accused person is an abuse of court process. Its aim is to ensure that the trial does not proceed.

“There is no merit in the applicant’s motion on notice and it is hereby dismissed,’’ he said.

Kolawole ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Kuje Prisons, Abuja, and be produced in court for accelerated trial.

He adjourned the case to July 8 and 9, and October 7, 8 and 15, for the trial.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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