Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Protesters in their hundreds yesterday marched through the streets of Yenegoa, Bayelsa State demanding the immediate release of Edmund Ebiware, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his alleged involvement in the Independence Day bombing at Eagles Square, Abuja.

The protest followed last week’s judgment in which Justice Gabriel Kolawole dismissed the treason charges against Charles Okah, who was the principal suspect in the bomb blast the disrupted the Independence Day celebrations in 2000.

He dismissed the charges because evidence cited in court did not prove that President Goodluck Jonathan, who was at the Eagles Square and the purported target of the blast, was intimidated by the attack.

Justice Kolawole had in 2013 sentenced Ebiware to life in jail for his alleged involvement in the Abuja bomb blast that claimed 12 lives.

He had found him guilty on a three-count charge, which included having foreknowledge of plans to bomb the capital city without alerting the authorities.

The protesters are angry that the same court and judge who sentenced Ebiware to life in prison, reportedly reversed the treason charge against Okah, the suspected mastermind of the Independence Day bomb blast.

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