Charles Okah Attempts Suicide In Court

Charles Okah Attempts Suicide In Court

The alleged mastermind of the October 1, 2010 independence day bombing in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Charles Okah, caused a stare today, October 6, in court as he attempted to take his life.

Charles Okah Attempts Suicide In Court
Charles Okah in handcuff

The mild drama occurred at the Federal High Court in Abuja, when the accused sought the permission of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, to speak on his trial.

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According to Channels Television, Okah, who is standing trial for terrorism, described his trial as 'endless' due to his lawyer's absence in court.


He informed the judge that he has been incarcerated for about five years now and he had a family to cater for, adding that his children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father.

Okah said: ''I have been incarcerated for about five years now and I have a family to cater for. My children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father and I am tired of this endless trial.  I really do not know what I have done to be treated this way.''Is it not better to die than to wait and be messed up this way?'' he asked.

After he ended his emotional statement after speaking for about five minutes, Okah reached for a chair in the court and quickly moved towards a window.

However, he was overpowered by lawyers and other litigants who prevented him from breaking the louvers. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okah had planned to jump out of the window, which is the third floor on the court building.

The suit was then adjourned by Justice Kolawole  till October 20, 2015 when the trial will continue.

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‎Charles, younger brother to ex-leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, was alleged to have conspired with other Niger Delta militants to kill former president Goodluck Jonathan during Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary in Abuja.

He is presently answering to cases bothering on felony and terrorism alongside one Obi Nwabueze‎, with the court having earlier sentenced their co-accused, Edmund Ebiware, to a life imprisonment.


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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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