Jonathan faults Henry Okah's claims on bomb attacks

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday denied claims by the detained leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) that he masterminded two bomb attacks in the country in 2010.

Mr. Jonathan said through his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, that he would not join issues with Henry Okah over his bombing allegations and would make full representations on the matter when trial in the case begins in October.

Mr. Okah, currently standing trial in South Africa for masterminding the October 1 2010 bomb blast in Nigeria, had deposed to an affidavit, accusing Mr. Jonathan of having sponsored the October 1, 2010 bomb attack which killed 10 and injured many others. The MEND leader also claimed the President was behind another bombing in the Niger Delta state of Delta.

“The Presidency categorically affirms that these allegations are false in their entirety and without any factual foundation,” Mr. Abati, said in press statement.

“As the case of Mr. Okah’s involvement in the plotting and execution of terrorist attacks in Nigeria is already before a court of competent jurisdiction in South Africa, the Presidency does not intend to say anymore on the matter for now and will. 

“In accordance with due process and international law, we will make a full representation on the matter to the court when the trial opens.”


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