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Court Strikes Out Treason Charges Against Charles Okah

The defendants are standing trial on charges of terrorism and treason.

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out Count 187 of the charges brought against the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah and his co-accused.

The defendants are standing trial on charges of terrorism and treason.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the prosecution had abandoned count 187, which bothers on treason because they failed to bring any evidence or witness to prove it and as such, it is safe for the court to assume that they are not interested in the charge.

Justice Kolawole, however, held that the evidence placed before him by the prosecution linked the defendants to count 186, which is the charge of terrorism.

Okah and his co-accused had made a no-case submission on the ground that the prosecution had not established any case against them.

The prosecuting counsel, Alex Iziyon said even though charge 187 has been struck out, the Attorney General of the Federation can bring it back to the court.

Justice Kolawole said the evidence did not prove a case of treason as contained in count one of the charge.

He, however, dismissed a no-case submission filed by Okah and other defendants.

Okah now faces only the terrorism charge.



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