Okah attempts to commit suicide in court
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.