Terrorism Sponsorship: Jonathan denies Okah’s claims
THE presidency has denied claims by Henry Okah, who is standing trial in South Africa over his involvement in terrorist acts, saying that there was no truth in the claims contained in an affidavit sworn to by the suspect.
Okah, in a 42-paragraph affidavit, had claimed that President Goodluck Jonathan sponsored the October 1, 2010 bomb blast in which at least 10 people died, even as he added that the president did same in March 2010.
Okah also said President Jonathan begged him to blame the North for the October 1, 2010 bomb blast in Abuja.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the allegations were false and without foundation.
“As the case of Mr Okah’s involvement in the plotting and execution of terrorist attacks in Nigeria is already before a court of competent jurisdiction in South Africa, the presidency does not intend to say anymore on the matter for now and will, in accordance with due process and international law, make a full representation on the matter to the court when the trial opens.
“The presidency also advises the Nigerian media to respect the sanctity of the legal and judicial processes in this matter and avoid becoming willing tools in the hands of Mr Okah and his agents in an entirely diversionary trial by the media aimed only at falsely impugning the character and integrity of the president and officials of his administration,” the statement said.
Via: The Tribune