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Independence Day Bombings: Court Refuses To Stop Okah’s, Nwabueze’s Trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday rejected the no-case submission filed by Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze, who are standing trial for their involvement in the 2010 Independence Day bombings in Abuja.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his ruling said the prosecution has provided sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case against Okah and Nwabueze to warrant their trial.

Four suspects – Okah, Nwabueze, Edmund Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis-Osvwo (aka General Gbokos) – were initially arraigned on December 7, 2010 on terrorism charges over the incident which 12 people and injured several others.

Francis-Osvwo died later in prison, while Ebiware elected to have his trial.

He was convicted in 2013 and is now serving a life sentence, leaving Okah and Nwabueze, who are now being jointly tried.

At the conclusion of the prosecution’s case after calling about 17 witnesses, the defendants elected to make a no-case submission, arguing among others, that the prosecution was unable to establish a prima facie case against them.

They urged the court to discharge and acquit them, claiming that the prosecution was unable to produce evidence linking them to the crime.

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