According to a recent report, the alleged mastermind of the Independence Day (October 1, 2010) bombing in Abuja which left 12 dead and 17 injured, Charles Okah, on Tuesday attempted to commit suicide. The incident occurred at the Federal High Court, Abuja, where Okah’s trial was being held.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report states that the accused tried to jump from the third floor of the court house before he was stopped by security operatives.
After Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted the suspect, Okah, permission to speak before the court, he 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?”
Some minutes after he ended his speech, Okah reportedly grabbed a chair, made for a court window and attempted to jump from the third floor of the five-storey building.
Charles, the younger brother to former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Henry Okah, stands trial on allegations of conspiracy to assassinate President Goodluck Jonathan at the 50th Independence Day anniversary in Abuja.
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