Independence day bombing suspect knows fate Jan. 25

FILE PHOTO: Scene of a bombing in Abuja that left several people dead and others wounded

The suspect is being charged with treasonable felony.

One of the suspects standing trial in connection with the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja, Edmund Ebuware, will receive judgment on January 25, 2013.

A Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Gabriel Kolawole, who is presiding over the case, gave the date after counsel to both parties adopted their final written addresses on Monday.

Mr. Ebuware is being charged with treasonable felony.

While adopting his address, counsel to the accused person, Goddy Uche, said that the statement obtained from his client was extra-judicial and should be discountenanced.

He said there was no admission by the accused person to indicate that he committed the offence.

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“My Lord, for the statement to be regarded, it must be direct and unequivocal. We urge My Lord to hold that the statement was not confessional and therefore, the prosecution has not proved its case to warrant conviction.

“My Lord, the prosecution has confused the threat to the intention of Henry Okah to bomb Abuja with the threat to life of the accused person transmitted to him through his telephone,” he said.

He further argued that the charge brought against the accused person was not known to law, adding “until Henry Okah is tried and convicted for similar offence, the trial remains an injustice.”

He said all the prosecution witnesses brought to testify on the matter did not establish anything against the accused person to suggest the extent of his involvement.

Mr. Uche said that their testimonies were against the Evidence Act.

“My Lord, I urge the court to acquit the accused person because it is in fact more justice to free ten offenders than to convict one innocent person.

“The court is not one of sentiment and injustice, the court can only act on evidence and as it stands, there is no evidence linking the accused person to the blast that took place in Abuja on Independence Day of 2010,’’ he said.

The counsel to the SSS, Alex Izinyon, submitted that Section 40 (a) (b) and (c) of the Criminal Code negated the submission that the accused person could only be brought to justice when the principal offender, (Henry Okah) was brought to justice.

He explained that “the intention of Okah which was verbalised in a conversation with the accused person via the telephone eventually took place on the Independence Day of 2010.”

Mr. Izinyon submitted that the elements needed to commence the prosecution of the accused person were thoroughly considered before heading to court.

According to him, the elements are that it is established that Mr. Okah planned to commit treason against President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said that other two elements were that the accused person had knowledge of the issue and did not disclose to the highest authority.

“The claims made by the accused person that he disclosed the matter to some bigwigs in government were tested to be lies by prosecution witnesses.

“In the circumstance, the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and the accused person should be convicted as charged,” he said.

The court had on May 3 removed Mr. Ebuware from the list of suspects charged with the Independence Day bombing.

Mr. Kolawole granted the order following a motion filed by the accused person for an independent trial.

The others charged with the bombing are Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze.

The fourth accused, Tiemkemfa Osuvwo, died in Kuje prison on March 2.

Mr. Ebuware had told the court that his inclusion among the principal accused persons would be a distraction to his defence.

The accused was charged for hiding information on the motive of the other accused persons.

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