A Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday adjourned the trial of Charles Okah, the suspected mastermind of Abuja 2010 Independent day bombings, till Jan. 19.
Okah, a brother to Henry Okah, the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation Niger Delta, (MEND) is standing trial alongside one Nwabueze Obi, on charges bordering on conspiracy and terrorism.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case for further examination and re-examination of witnesses. The judge directed that the accused persons be further remanded in Kuje prison till the adjourned date.
It can be recalled that the attacks which took place on the 1st of October 2010 involved two car bombings carried out against crowds celebrating the fiftieth anniversary (golden jubilee) of Nigeria’s independence in the capital city of Abuja . The attacks left 12 dead and 17 injured.
According to multiple sources, MEND issued a warning less than an hour before the first bomb stating the location, near Eagle Square (the venue of the celebration), and the time, around 10:30 a.m., of planned bombings.
The first blast occurred around 10:30 a.m., emergency services arrived at the scene and then happened the second blast.