Henry Okah, leader of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is convicted for terrorism in South Africa.
Raising more questions on Nigeria’s judicial system Justice for the victims of October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja seems to have come at last.
But not from Nigerian government, under whose watch the deadly blast happened.
Henry Okah, believed to be the mastermind of the twin bombings that killed 12 people around the Eagle Square, Abuja, got his recompense in South Africa, after its court convicted him of the deadly bombings.
Apart from the Eagle Square explosion that occurred during the epochal 50th independence day celebrations, the court also found him guilty of another earlier twin explosion in Warri, Delta State, in March of the same year.
Both bombings had the imprimatur of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, a militant group whose disruptive activities in the oil rich Niger Delta cost the country an estimated $1 billion in oil revenue.
In delivering judgment, Neels Claassen, presiding judge, confirmed Okah as the leader of the deadly MEND.
The judge stated that Okah is not only the leader of the group, but also the “planner, funder, supplier of car bombs used in Warri in March 2010 and [in Abuja] in October 2010.”
The court will pass the sentence on January 31 and by South African anti-terrorism law, Okah should expect nothing less than 25 years in prison.