Okah 'bought cars used in bombing'

2010-10-21 12:13

Johannesburg – Terror accused Henry Okah instructed his co-conspirators to buy the two cars used in the Nigerian Independence Day bombings, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

"Prior to the detonation of the two improvised explosive devices on 1 October in Abuja, two vehicles, namely a Honda and a Mazda 626 were purchased in Lagos on the instruction of the accused, by persons complicit in the crime," State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said, arguing against Okah's bid for bail.

He read from an affidavit compiled by investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Zeeman.

The two cars were loaded with dynamite and parked on a road near a prominent hotel in Abuja, where the celebrations took place. Twelve people were killed in the explosions.

Abrahams said Okah had been in contact with Chima Orlu, one of the two men wanted in connection with the bombings.

An SMS Orlu sent and which read: "Done, tell them to leave", was forwarded to Okah on the day of the October 1 attacks.

The State alleges Okah's brother Charles was also involved.