The man suspected to be behind the 2010 Independence Day Bombing that killed 12 people was today sentenced to 24 years in prison by a South African Court.
Mr Okah was found guilty on 13 counts of terrorism, including
engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist
activities, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.
The charges related to two car bombs in Abuja, Nigeria, in which 12
people were killed and 36 injured on 1 October 2010, the anniversary of
the country’s independence. The second bombing took place in Warri on 15 March 2010 at a post
amnesty dialogue meeting. One person was killed and 11 seriously
Judge Claassen sentenced Okah to 12 years imprisonment for each of the
bombings and 13 years for the threats made to the South African
government after his arrest in October 2010.
The 13 years would run concurrently with the 24 years.