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Government ordered to get lawyer for Charles Okah

05 December 2014, 14:47

Abuja - The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the federal government to organise a defense counsel for the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah, who is on trial for terrorism charge, Punch reports.

Charles, a brother to a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Henry Okah and his co-accused, Obi Nwabueze, have been without a lawyer since they disengaged the services of a Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, in October.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole directed that the Federal Government-owned Legal Aid Council should be contacted to provide a lawyer for the accused.

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The judge said the need for government to provide a defence lawyer for the accused was in the spirit of fair hearing to which he (the accused) was entitled.

He then adjourned the matter till February 19 and 25, 2015.

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