Monday, 12 August 2013

Charles Okah Hides SIM Card in his Pant; Smuggles Phone Into his Prison Cell

One of the suspects facing trial for alleged involvement in the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja, Charlse Okah smuggled a GSM phone into his prison cell and was caught with a SIM card in his pant, Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) has claimed.

This claim was contained in a statement made available to Daily Trust by the Prison authority, signed by its spokesman, Ope Fatinikun, on Sunday. The NPS said its officers conducted a routine search at the Kuje Prisons, adding that: "During the search, Charles Okah, as usual refused to be searched. But when he eventually submitted himself to the search,an MTN SIM Card was found on him(under his pants),A Nokia C2 phone and ab memory card were also discovered in an electric bulb fitting located on top of the concrete ceiling of his cell," the statement stated in part.

It would be recalled that Okah's lawyer, Barrister Festus Keyamo recently petitioned the leadership
of NPS alleging that some prison officials were trying to sodomise his client, Charles Okah.

But the NPS described the allegation as unfounded, stressing that the allegation forced the Service to set up a panel headed by Comptroller of Prison, FCT Prison Command which
found no truth in the allegation.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that there was nothing that suggests or points to an act of sodomy on Charles Okah by any officer of the Prisons as alleged."

The authority claimed that apart from being caught with those illegal objects, Okah is also fond of instigating troubles in the prison.
"Instances abound where he had bridged electrical wires in his cell thereby throwing the whole prisons into darkness."

The service noted that Okah’s allegations, including extra judicial killing alleged in the past, were "obvious efforts to intimidate the prisons, draw unnecessary attention and subvert the rules and regulations of the prisons.”

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