Monday, January 21, 2013
The sentence includes a life jail term. The sentence will be carried out on January 31st or February 1st. The judge however gave Okah room for mitigation. Okah is accused of masterminding two car bombings in Abuja on October 1 in 2010.
12 people were killed and 36 were injured. He was arrested in Johannesburg the following day. Okah was allegedly the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), that claimed responsibility for the blasts. He was charged with engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.
Shuaibu Bala yesterday gave an account of how his elder brother, Alhaji Ado Bala, a personal aide of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, died while trying to protect the monarch when he was targeted by gunmen on Saturday.
The attack on the Emir left at least seven people dead and several others injured, including Bayero’s two sons, Chiroman Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero and Turakin Kano, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero.
A Nigerian commercial sex worker in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State, Nkechi Okafor has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for allegedly stabbing one of her clients, Abiodun Sarumi to death.27 year-old Nkechi who is a primary school drop-out is a mother of a four year old girl and hails from Imo State. She was found guilty today by Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Ikeja High court of manslaughter after the charges of murder preferred against her was amended to manslaughter.
Nkechi was arraigned on 16 March, 2012, on a one count charge of murder. The charge was later amended to manslaughter.
Banks in Kano, Monday afternoon, hurriedly closed shop following the recovery and detonation of high caliber improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted in one of the first generation banks located within the Kano Business District.
Eyewitness recounts the bomb was strategically concealed under one the bank official’s car, was removed by the anti -bomb disposal team and detonated. The account explained that on arriving, the police team cordoned off the affected stretch of Murtala Muhammad way.
The Dangote Group and Nigeria’s Edo State government have concluded plans to set up one of Africa’s largest fertilizer plants in Africa valued at $2 billion. To this end, the groundbreaking ceremony of the fertilizer plant has been slated to take place before the end of January next year.
President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote announced this at a reception for guests shortly after the swearing-in of Governor Adams Oshiomhole for his second term of office. He said the fertilizer plant to be sited at Agenebode, Etsako East local government area of Edo state would employ more than 10, 000 people directly and indirectly when completed in three years’ time.
Below is a press statement by Festus Keyamo on the conviction of Henry Ukah in South Africa.
The decision of the South African Court that convicted Henry Okah this morning of charges relating to terrorism is politically motivated and legally incorrect.
As counsel to Charles Okah and others who are facing the same set of charges under Nigerian Laws, I have been actively involved in coordinating the trials both in South Africa and in Nigeria.
The fundamental flaw in the trial is that Henry Okah was not given adequate facilities and the opportunity to defend himself. This is because after the prosecution closed its case in South Africa, the defence attorneys and my Chambers here in Abuja tried frantically to summon the witnesses of Henry Okah who are based here in Nigeria to testify on his behalf. These witnesses include some government officials.