13 November 2012

Nigeria: Court to Give Judgement in Independence Day Bombing

Photo: Vanguard
Scene of Independence day attacks by Boko Haram

A Federal High Court Monday fixed January 25, 2013 for judgment on charges of treasonable felony preferred against Edmund Ebuware, one of those accused of being behind the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, gave the date after counsel in the matter adopted their final written addresses.

While adopting his address, Chief Goddy Uche, (SAN), counsel to the accused person said that the extra-judicial statement obtained from his client could not be relied upon as his (Ebuware) confessional statement.

Uche submitted that there was no admission by the accused person to indicate that he committed the offence.

The court had on May 3, 2012 removed Ebuware from the list of suspects charged with the Independence Day bombing for him to be tried separately.

Kolawole granted the order sequel to a motion filed by accused for an independent trial.

Others charged with the bombing are Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze, while the fourth accused person, Tiemkemfa Osuvwo died in Kuje Prison.

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

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

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