Okah at­tempts to com­mit sui­cide in court

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The trial of Charles Okah, brother of the jailed leader of the Move­ment for the Eman­ci­pa­tion of Niger Delta (MEND) yesterday took a dra­matic turn as the sus­pect at­tempted to jump out of the 3rd floor of the six-storey Fed­eral High Court, Abuja.

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, which he spoke for about five min­utes.

Okah 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. I’m tired of this end­less trial,” he screamed.

He im­me­di­ately jumped out from the dock, took a wooden chair with which he at­tempted to smash the glass win­dow. He later dropped the chair, opened the widow and at­tempted to jump out from the win­dow be­fore Lawyers, Court of­fi­cials and oth­ers held him back and pre­vented him.

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

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