Okah’s Medical Assessment Stalls Court Trial

Yesterday, the inability of the federal government to provide the psychiatric evaluation report of Charles Okah to the Federal High Court in Abuja stalled his trial for alleged treason and terrorism offences.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, the judge, has however called on the authorities of the National Hospital to work on the evaluation report within time.

Okah is being prosecuted alongside Obi Nwabueze over the October 1, 2010 bomb explosion in Abuja that killed about 12 Nigerians, while scores sustained injuries.

At the last adjournment, Justice Kolawole had ordered that three psychiatric specialists from the National Hospital Abuja examine the mental status of Okah to ascertain his real state of health and to know if he should continue to stand trial.

But when the matter came up for mention, prosecution counsel, Friday Izinyon, said that the medical evaluation report was not ready from the team of experts from the National Hospital Abuja.

The trial judge adjourned the matter to May 12 for the submission of the evaluation report.

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