MEND Leader, Henry Okah Bags 24 Years Jail Term Over Bombings
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday sentenced Leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah to 24 years in jail for his role in October 1, 2010 Abuja bombings.
Okah who has earlier been found guilty on 13 counts of terrorism, including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activities, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device was accused of charges related to two car bombs in Abuja, Nigeria, in which 12 people were killed and 36 injured on 1 October 2010, the anniversary of the country’s independence.
The second bombing took place in Warri on 15 March 2010 at a post amnesty dialogue meeting. One person was killed and 11 seriously injured.
In both bombings, two car bombs went off minutes apart in both places. The cars were parked in close proximity to each other.
Claassen sentenced Okah to 12 years imprisonment for each of the bombings and 13 years for the threats made to the South African government after his arrest in October 2010, all of which would run concurrently.
“Effectively, the accused [Okah] is therefore sentenced to 24 years imprisonment,” Judge Neels Claassen said as he handed down sentence.
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