Independence Day Bomb Blast Suspect attempts suicide

A suspect said to have masterminded the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah, created a mild drama at the Federal High Court in Abuja as he attempted to commit suicide during Tuesday’s proceedings in his trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Okah, after ending an emotion-filled comment about his protracted trial during the court session, grabbed a chair with which he made repeated but futile attempts to break a window in order to create an opening through which he could jump down from the courtroom located on the third floor of the five-storey building.

His frustration was triggered by the absence of his lawyer.

Okah, who is standing trial for terrorism, sought the permission of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, to air his views over what he termed “endless trial”, due to his lawyer’s absence in court.

Justice Kolawole obliged his request, and Okah said that he had been incarcerated for about five years now and he had a family to cater for.

He further said that his children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father.

He was, however, overpowered by lawyers and other litigants who prevented him from breaking the louvers.

Justice Kolawole consequently adjourned the suit till October 20, 2015 for continuation of trial.



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