State claims Okah sent email warning

2010-10-18 22:16

Johannesburg - The bail application against Nigerian former militant leader Henry Okah was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Okah, who testified in his own bail application, will have to wait until Wednesday to hear whether he will be granted bail.

In his testimony, Okah vehemently denied any involvement in the twin car bombings that killed 12 people in Abuja, Nigeria on October 1.

State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told the court that Okah was one of the people involved in sending an email warning the Nigerian government of the attack.

"Do you know anyone by the name of Jomo Gbomo or JG?" he asked the 45-year-old Okah.

He responded: "No".

Abrahams quoted a letter entitled "A close look at Jomo Gbomo" and said that Gbomo was Okah's pseudonym.

The letter was written by Okah's wife. Nigerian authorities traced the emails to Gbomo.

Wife a writer

He said the content of the letter revealed Gbomo's activities since 2007, and that her description of the man was actually a description of Okah.

Okah denied this and told the court that his wife was a writer who downloaded many documents from the internet.

The letter, he said, was not originally written by his wife but was downloaded from the internet.

"I put it to you that the email was sent by your brother Charles. The one who was arrested (in Nigeria) on Saturday," said Abrahams.

Okah said he did not know whether his brother sent the email.

The State has also accused Okah of giving instructions for the bombs to be detonated in Abuja.

He faces charges of engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing and detonating an explosive device.