Categorized | News

Brother of the Leader of “MEND”, Charles Okah Collapsed in Kuje Prison and found Unconscious

Charles Okah
One of the suspects standing trial for the October 1, 2010 Independence anniversary bomb blast, Charles Okah, was on Friday night found unconscious in his cell at Kuje Prison.
He was subsequently rushed to the Emergency Unit of the National Hospital by the Nigerian Prison Service.
The status of his health was not clear yesterday although his family expressed fear that the worst might have happened to him.
Charles is the younger brother of the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta MEND), Henry Okah, who is also in detention in South Africa.
Charles has been on trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja with Obi Nwabueze, Edmund Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis Osvwo who died in prison custody in February.
They are being tried by Justice Gabriel Kolawole for alleged complicity in the two explosions that hit the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja during the country’s 50th Independence celebration.
About 12 people died in the bomb explosions.
It was gathered that Charles slumped on Friday night in his solitary confinement.
It was learnt that a warder conducting night check discovered that he was unconscious and notified the prison management which then rushed the suspect to the National Hospital.
A family member said: “Reports reaching us indicate that Charles Okah may have passed on and secretly taken out of Kuje Prison where he and two others were remanded while awaiting trial.
“The said event took place late last night (Friday) after he was found unconscious in his cell by prison warders on night duty. It was said that he wasn’t breathing, his blood pressure was very low and his pulse non-existent.
“The staff of the clinic tried to resuscitate him all to no avail. The prison doctor was called in but he too failed to revive him. He was later stretched out to the prison ambulance for onward conveyance to the National Hospital, Abuja.”
Another source, however, claimed that his lawyer, O.O. Otemu from Festus Keyamo Chambers visited him on Friday afternoon.
“When the lawyer came, Charles said that he was not feeling well. He complained of chest pains, headache and dizzy spells. Actually, the lawyer berated the prison officials for their continued cruelty and non-compliance with a court order issued over two weeks ago to secure the inmate and give him necessary medical attention.
“A top prison official said the service does not need a court order to carry out its primary function of securing inmates and suspects awaiting trial. He said there are forces at play greater than the court and the Nigeria Prison Service.”
No prison official could confirm the actual state of health of Okah last night.
A reliable top prison official, who spoke in confidence said: “I doubt if Charles Okah is dead. Let me find out the actual situation.”
His response was still being awaited at press time.
Okah’s family had in October 2011 protested against Charles deteriorating condition.
The family claimed that apart from his eye sight that was going bad, he had no access to his wife and his accounts were frozen by the Federal Government.
Culled from The Nation

Leave a Reply

seven − = 5

Share Nigerians Saving Nigerians With Your Friends

Nigerians Saving Nigerians is registered as a nonprofit corporation with the Secretary of State of Texas, U.S.A. Nigerians Saving Nigerians is a nontribalistic and nonprofit organization, founded on the 27th of September, 2011. The purpose of Nigerians Saving Nigerians is to strengthen civic duties among Nigerians in order to foster peace and prosperity. The purpose of the Nigerians Saving Nigerians website is to provide a platform where Nigerians can organize peacefully in order to strengthen the development of Nigeria.

Find Us On Facebook

Featured video on Nigerians Saving Nigerians: Spoken word performance by President Barack Obama Fellow, Omololu Omotosho.

php developer india

Video of the week: Africa Rising

php developer india