Terrorism: Court admits confessional statement against Okah

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday admitted in evidence the alleged confessional statement made by Obi Nwabueze in the ongoing trial of alleged mastermind of Abuja 2010 Independence Day bomb blast, Charles Okah.
Obi, the second defendant, allegedly made an extra-judicial statement while in the Department of State Services facility linking Okah to the bomb blast.
He later denied making the statement, saying that it was obtained under duress.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, while ruling in the application, held that the defendant failed to prove the involuntariness of the statement he made in the DSS custody.
Kolawole said the statement was earlier admitted in evidence during the trial of Edmond Ibiware.
He said since the case started, none of the defendants complained that they were tortured in the custody.
The judge said the allegation of torture was not only insignificant but self serving.
He held: “It is my decision that the extra-judicial statement made on October 18, 2010 is admissible and hereby marked as exhibit 2D and 2D.”
The case was adjourned till July 5.