Court sentences Henry Okah’s aide to life imprisonment

Henry Okah

Okah was arrested on gun-running charges in Angola in 2007 but never convicted

The Federal High Court on Friday sentenced an accomplice in the October 1, 2010 suicide bombing in Abuja, Edmund Ebuware, to life imprisonment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the convict would upon good conduct enjoy a parole subject to the approval of the president after serving 32 years in jail.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, held that the prosecution was able to prove the allegations against the convict beyond reasonable doubt.

Kolawole said the convict’s defence was inconsistent with the facts contained in his statement.

“It is clear from the facts before the court that Ebuware did have the information on the planned bombing of Abuja on October 1, 2010 but kept it away from the authority.

“It was also confirmed from the series of record of call logs before the court as exhibit clearly shows that the convict had fore-knowledge of the blast.

“You Edmund Ebuware, charged for treasonable felony under Section 40 of the Criminal Code for the role you played in the unfortunate bombing of innocent persons on October 1, 2010 is hereby found guilty as charged.

“You are, therefore, committed to a maximum life imprison but shall by good conduct subject to the approval of the president granted a parole after serving 32 years.

“I am aware of the fact that the second leg of the pronouncement is not yet part of the country’s practice but we hope that this decision will ignite an amendment of that part of the law to give room for parole.

“I am moved to give you a succour to enjoy a parole because of your young age, wife and your very young family.

“This should be a lesson to young people who are bent on destroying our country through terror act.

“I view you as a young man who is in a hurry to become relevant in our complex society,’’ Kolawole said.

NAN further reports that others charged with the bombing were Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze, while the fourth accused, Tiemkemfa Osuvwo, died in Kuje prison on March 2, 2012.

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