Henry Okah’s Trial Nears End

Henry Okah

The trial of the Nigeria-born terror suspect, Henry Okah, was concluded today at a high court in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Okah, a prominent member of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), is accused of plotting terrorist activities in Nigeria.

Defense counsel Isaac Lucky Maunatlala opened his argument by telling the court that MEND was involved in an armed struggle. Stating that the struggle had been on for several decades, he reminded the court that Nigeria’s Minister for the Niger Delta, Mr. Orubebe, had testified to that fact.

The defense attorney also told the court that the emails by Jomo Gbomo, who claimed responsibility for the bombings of March 15, 2010 and October 1, 2010, came from Nigeria. Mr. Okah’s attorney asserted that the fact the email account could be operated by more than one person meant that his client was not guilty of the charge of terrorism.

A sore point during the trial focused on the uncertainty over the identity of the person named Jomo Gbomo as state witnesses offered varying testimonies about the identity of the said Jomo Gbomo. The credibility of the witnesses was attacked by the defense advocate who pointed out inconsistencies in details offered by witnesses. 


The defense argued that Mr. X, who claimed to be the supervisor of the attacks, was not mentioned by other participants in the bombings. In addition, the witnesses claimed they used timers to activate the bombing even though investigations by the Nigerian government showed that mobile phones were used to detonate the bombs.

State prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, insisted that the phone records tied Mr. Okah to the perpetrators of the bombings. In addition, the prosecution argued that the bank record of a state witness, Chima Orlu, showed that the accused deposited money into the witness’s account. The prosecution explained that some months were missing from the bank account because the Nigerian government had not submitted the missing information. 

Speaking to one of our sources, Mrs. Okah accused the Nigerian government of desperation in instigating her husband’s arrest. She stated that the Nigerian government caused her husband to be arrested long before the arrest of the witnesses whose testimonies and affidavits the Nigerian government claimed were the basis for Mr. Okah’s arrest. Accusing the Nigerian government of fraud, she said the only way the Nigerian government could link tie her husband to any bombing was the fact that Mr. Okah had traveled to Nigeria and registered with his name in Port Harcourt. She said the Nigerian government subsequently tried to link planning for all bombing activities to the date of her husband’s visit to Nigeria.

Mrs. Okah said she was following the proceedings closely and trying not to be overcome by emotion, adding that there was more to the case than met the eye. She asked, “How possible is it that they can accuse my husband of a crime of this nature without investigation? There is an appalling lack of investigation done. My husband was stated to have been giving instructions for the bombing at the same time the South African police force was interrogating him at our residence. Our house was under siege from the early hours of 30th September to the late evening, yet the State Security Service agent, Mr. Abubakar, said my husband was giving instructions to the participants of a bombing on how to assemble dynamites, timers, movement of cars and so on. I cannot understand how they can want a man so badly that they are prepared to resort to anything to tie him to it. They even tried to use his journal entries of 5, 6 years back. A journal not a diary! These entries are used not minding whether the entries were observations, studies or general perceptions of my husband.”

The case was adjourned tentatively to Monday, January 21, 2013.
 

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Ignoramus

It is only an ignorant fool like that will make this kind of unguided comment. It is obvious that you an AlMAGIRI who hasn't been out of Northern Nigeria ever in this miserable life... Get a life fool and expose yourself ok. Anu ofia! Oloshi alakori!

Yeye watch what you wil

Yeye watch what you wil say,if you dare to like this you wil die a hurrible death.stupid

Karya ne

U filthy beast with your primitive intellect...what did you think u have...people of south east and south south were only known to be sufficient in garri and bastards like okah.u brought only catastrophy 2 the north...hate Nigeria,form biafra,am proud to be a northerner,most proud to be a muslim.Long life northern Nigeria,long life sokoto CALIPHATE...

HENRY OKAHS OUTCOME OF TRAIL

WE WAIT FOR THE OUTCOME. NIGERIANS BEWARE OF THIS MANS HEART FOR JUSTICE. DECIDE WEATHER HE IS FOR REAL OR A DANGER TO YOUR SYSTEM.

OKAHS TRAIL

iNTERESTING. WHY MUST THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT WANT THIS MAN AT ALL COST? HE IS SUPPOSE TO BE FROM THE SAME NIGER DELTA AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY. IF HE WALKS FREE, I SEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA GOING TO APPEAL! THIS IS ONE ONE THEY DO NOT WANT LOOSE! WHY IS THE SKELETONS IN THEIR WARDROBES OR THE SIMPLE FEAR OF WHO OKAH IS AND HIS UNBENDING CHARACTER.

Great Henry....May God bless the work of your hands

The SS is not like the cowardly West that looked on for over 3 decades as the North governed from the Yoruba land of Lagos, in their expected mediocre fashion. This is a total miscalculation that the Hausa Fulani have found rather unpleasant and 4 which they have no clue on how 2 manage or control. Hence they resort 2 bombings thinking the SS & Jonathan wud duck beneath their beds or prostrate as d Yoruba pple do. But Great Jona has told them that he doesn't give a damn.

The low caliber & cheap IEDs used by BH are 2 simplistic & juvenile to cause any fear in any SS or SE citizen. If MEND were to respond with just one bomb in any Mosque, the entire building wud be flat in seconds.Except its peoples anywhere on continent Nigeria become a target. Then and then only will MEND respond within 23hrs.

Fools think he is on trial. Henry becomes free b4 Jona's Second term & d expiration of amalgamation treaty.
Long live d United States of the SS&SE

Yes indeed the hausafulani

Yes indeed the hausafulani with their leader Jonathan Goodluck are really after this man. Who will save him now? the Ijaw general Buhari?

@Otile, Who arrested Okah for God sake?

In the first place, I think Otile is only been sensational and barbarically inclined to regionalism or North-phobia. If not, Okah's case has nothing to do with Hausa/Fulani. Its between him and his brother in Aso Rock if you don't know. I have been following your posts most of which are indications at how you advertise your ignorant of the Nigerian Polity. For you information or who so ever cares to know, North or any part of Nigeria is never a parasite to other part. Do you know how Biafra lost the war? No I don't think you do. Go and find out, the North stop supplies and SE was starved to death. SS also joined to fight the SE, visit your History you will understand. Bigot.......

An idiot

Who in devil's name is this idiot who call himself otile that always speaks like a fool when it comes to hausa/fulani/islam issues? Its obvious u lack proper upbringing that's why u does speak abt our noble prophet Muhammad PBUH in that manner. Be careful wit ur utterances, if u dnt hav any thing gud to say on posts, pls kindly shut ur gutter. Animal!

See this idiot...so u think

See this idiot...so u think its the Hausas that are behind this...u r sick and bias...useless Nigerians.

did u go to school at all

Wat got the hausa fulani into okah versus gej issuse I now wonder how blind and ignorant u ss and se ppl are no wonder ur leaders treat u as such from when these case started if u ave been followin u wld not reason like gej

For goodness sake what are

For goodness sake what are they persecuting this man for? The Hausa Fulani have vowed to banish this man and his people so as to have free access to their oil.

Thank God for MEND otherwise the Hausa Fulani Mohammedans would not have any iota of respect for SS people. The parasites forget that they feed fat from the resources coming from SS and SE.

who the Lord free is freed indeed!

Henry Okah/s and his/their NigerDelta family on behalf of jonathan are freed already as the Good and reasonable people in the world expect.
the work of a fiend-brother between jonathan and his real benefactor Okah is coming to end beginning, while we await God remove nNigerdelta from british-nigeria amalgamated map of now till 2014.

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