Abuja Bombing: Court Okays 24-yr Imprisonment For Okah
Erstwhile leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, is to serve 24 years imprisonment for masterminding the twin bombings which killed 12 people in Abuja during the Independence Day celebrations in 2010.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court gave the ruling on Friday, after dismissing a Court of Appeal judgement which which overturned four of his 13 terror convictions and also reduced his sentence to 20 years.
The apex court ruled, “The convictions overturned in the Supreme Court of Appeal must be reinstated together with the sentences the High Court imposed.
“He was not extradited to Nigeria because had he stood trial there, he would have faced the death penalty.”
Okah had repeatedly denied any involvement in the 2010 attacks, while his lawyer, who has been a permanent resident of South Africa since 2007, had argued that it was outside the country’s legal jurisdiction to put him [Okah] on trial.
Okah, who was also convicted over two other explosions in 2010 in Warri, Delta State, had said MEND was fighting for a fair share of oil revenue for residents of the Niger Delta.