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OCTOBER 1 BOMBING: Court strikes out treason charge against Charles Okah

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria has struck out one of the charges brought against the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole said he was striking out the charge because evidence cited in court did not prove that President Goodluck Jonathan, who was at Eagle Square, was the target of the blast and was intimidated by the attack.
He said the evidence before him failed to prove that Mr. Jonathan was sneaked out of Eagle Square, venue of the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s independence.
Mr. Kolawole said the evidence did not prove a case of treason as contained in count one of the charge.
He also said the evidence cited by the prosecution failed to prove that governors who attended a meeting on March 15, 2010 in Warri, Delta State, where another blast occured, were also intimidated.
He however dismissed a no-case submission filed by Mr. Okah and other defendants.
Mr. Okah now faces only terrorism charge.

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