Nigeria commends South African Supreme Court’s conviction of Henry Okah

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The Presidency has expressed satisfaction over the South African Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to confirm the conviction of Henry Okah to 20 years in prison.

A presidency official, who preferred not to be named, confirmed this development to State House correspondents in Abuja on Saturday.

The court, on October 3, found Okah guilty on two out of the 6-count charges relating to the Warri bombing filed against him.

The Court also upheld the 12-year sentence for his role in the Abuja bombing that claimed many innocent lives.

The convictions that were upheld are those in respect of the Warri bombing, relating to Okah’s providing finance and equipment without which the bombings would not have been executed.

The source stated that already the Nigerian government had written “a measured letter” to the South African government, hailing the judicial decision as a big step forward towards removing terrorism from the continent.

“South Africa has projected itself an enduring partner to Nigeria in the war against terrorism.

“When African countries act jointly against terrorism, they send out clear and unambiguous signals that there is no more a place for terrorism on our continent,” the source maintained.

The Court held that Okah provided more than N2 million to three individuals for the purpose of acquiring vehicles and explosives for use in the Warri bombing.

On the Abuja bombing, the Court upheld that Okah “conspired, planned and instructed people in relation to its execution while he was in South Africa.”

The Court, therefore, held that exemption clause on extra-territorial application could not apply as Okah orchestrated the Abuja bombing while in South African territory.

The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa, by this judgment has effectively reduced the 12-year sentence for Warri bombing to eight years but maintaining the 12–year sentence for the Abuja bombing, making the period 20 years all together as against the 24 years ruling by a lower Court.

The source opined that the latest judgment “is a victory for the fight against terrorism in all its form and shape, which should be hailed by all well meaning Nigerians and citizens of the world.

“The South African authorities are therefore, urged to ensure that Okah is made to face the full wrath of the law for his acts of international terrorism.

“The scourge of terrorism as perpetrated by the Boko Haram terrorists and the so-called `Niger Delta Avengers or militants’, has led to the death of several Nigerians and the monumental destruction of national assets.”

It will be recalled that Okah was granted Permanent Residency in South Africa in 2007, and was arrested in Johannesburg on October 2, 2010.

Commenting on this development, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, confirmed that the Presidency viewed the conviction positively as serious signal in cleansing Nigeria of terrorism.

(NAN)


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  • emmanuel

    Is this the same Nigerian Govt that periodically releases
    hundreds of Boko haram Islamic terrorists on the basis of “lack of concrete
    evidence of their involvement in terrorism”?

    Is this the same Nigerian Govt that is willing to release
    Kabiru Sokoto – the mastermind of the Catholic Church Bombing that killed 78
    people?

    Is this the same Nigerian Govt that feeds the families and
    wives of detained Islamic terrorists?

    Is this the same Nigerian Govt that refuses to arrest,
    prosecute, jail or execute any single Islamic terrorist and/or Fulani Herdsmen
    who have turned Nigeria and especially Benue and Jos to grave yards?

    Double Standards…Why the double standards??? Nigeria! Why???

    Oh Lurd Laggard! Oh 1914!!! What a grave error. Separation
    is the answer……By the time we have only 20 Okahs, then Nigeria will understand
    that the game is up. 20 yrs is not long. He will be free someday.

    • Azi

      Yes, after he served his 20 yr jail term he is free to come and bomb you and your village, like Boka Haram, terrorist have no friends, these people even execute their own parents….brainless tribalist.

  • IZON Redeemer

    I am laughing my head off at Buhari and his cohorts in MEND——————————-who gave their support to Buhari before the elections—last year—–and went on to condemn Jonathan—-The MEND officials led by Dr. Abbide –in New York backed Buhari till he won the elections——————–Then betrayed the Avengers to the Apes in APC———Look who is now jubilation over the predicament of Ijaw man Okah? Is it not Fulani Bingo Buhari——and the Apes in APC celebrating the jailing of Okah————-Already, we have another Okah in prison——————waiting for his trial———-animals

    • IZON Redeemer

      I am laughing my head off at Buhari and his cohorts in MEND——————————-who gave their support to Buhari before the elections—last year—–and went on to condemn Jonathan—-The MEND officials led by Dr. Abbide –in New York backed Buhari till he won the elections——————–Then betrayed the Avengers to the Apes in APC———Look who is now jubilating over the predicament of Ijaw man Okah? Is it not Fulani Bingo Buhari——and the Apes in APC celebrating the jailing of Okah————-Already, we have another Okah in prison–in Nigeria—————-waiting for his trial—-Yet all the the socalled MEND does is to assist the Itsekirs and Urhobos make fun of the Ijaw Nation——–Old boy MEND now nko–?——animals

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    I am laughing my head off at Buhari and his cohorts in MEND——————————-who gave their support to Buhari before the elections—last year—–and went on to condemn Jonathan—-The MEND officials led by Dr. Abbide –in New York backed Buhari till he won the elections——————–Then betrayed the Avengers to the Apes in APC———Look who is now jubilating over the predicament of Ijaw man Okah? Is it not Fulani Bingo Buhari——and the Apes in APC celebrating the jailing of Okah————-Already, we have another Okah in prison–in Nigeria—————-waiting for his trial—-Yet all the the socalled MEND does is to assist the Itsekirs and Urhobos make fun of the Ijaw Nation——–Old boy MEND now nko–?—————–animals

  • Tafida Gadzama

    Buhari should re-examine his decision to support the jail sentence. The real culprits are still in Nigeria and not Okah. I still believe that the former president was an architect.