- Category: GENERAL
- Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 21:27
- Written by Admin
[ChannelsTV] Prominent Bayelsa politicians have been named in the ongoing trial of Edmund Ebiware one of the suspects held in connection with the 1st October 2010 bombing for having prior knowledge about the orchestrated attacks. The fourth prosecution witness whose identity was shielded and renamed as Mister X during
cross examination said he had informed the prominent politicians in the oil-rich state of the planned attack by the acclaimed leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger (MEND), Henry Okah.
Standing in the witness box, the fourth prosecution witness whose identity was shielded and presently in the protective custody of the State Security Service (SSS) told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he got wind of the bombing by Henry Okah through a friend he identified as Emmanuel Allison.
He went further to state that he immediately informed former state officials as well as a repentant militant in the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The witness in his testimony also indicated that he informed the accused person, Mister Edmund Ebiware Whose trial was recently separated from that of Charles Okah and one other.
The witness, who said he was arrested with the accused person on 3rd October 2010, admitted during cross examination by the defence counsel Goddy Uche that he and his friend Allison carried out the Warri bombings.
He also affirmed that they also had meetings with Henry Okah before the bombing but that he has not been charged to court since he offered to relay information to the SSS.
The defense lawyer, Mr. Chris Uche later tendered the six statements attached to the proof of evidence made by the witness as evidence after all efforts to have the original copies given to him by the prosecution failed.
Earlier, the third prosecution witness, Mathew Seiyefa, who is a Director of Operations with the SSS tried to clear himself of the accused persons claim that he had informed him of the bombing.
The case has now been adjourned to 19th July 2012 for continuation of trial