Charles Okah, the brother of Henry Okah serving jail terms in South Africa, who is on trial on allegations of terrorism, has been ordered by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, presiding over the case in Federal High Court, Abuja, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain his mental stability to continue to stand trial.
This order was made on Wednesday when the prison official practically wheeled Charles Okah into the court room for the judge to see that Charles Okah could not stand and his counsel informed the court that "he was shaking".
However, the prosecuting counsel, Alex Iziyon (SAN) objected to the position of Okah's counsel, arguing that Okah was pretending and was using the method to stall his trial.
The court in its ruling observes that the prison medical doctors and other experts have recommended Charles Okah for medical evaluation. Justice Gabriel Kolawole therefore ordered that Charles Okah undergoes a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain his mental stability to continue to stand trial.
Charles Okah alleged to a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) lead by Henry Okah is on trial over the 2010 Independence Day twin bombing in Abuja, which caused the death of about 12 people, and several others injured.