Nigeria arraigns bomb suspects

The suspects are accused of being involved in the recent bombing in Nigeria.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 13:20 PM IST

Abuja: Six suspects, including brother of a top former militant leader, accused of being involved in the recent bombing in Nigeria that killed 14 people were on Thursday arraigned in a court in the oil-rich country`s capital here.

The suspects, including Charles Okah, the younger brother of Henry Okah who is facing terror charges in South Africa, were produced before Chief Magistrate Oyebola Oyewumi.

Oyewumi ordered that the suspects be remanded in SSS cells till the next adjournment date, which is November 24.

They have been accused of carrying out terrorist act, conspiracy to cause bodily harm as well as felony against the state.

The Okahs are accused of being members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta which claimed responsibility for the bombing on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day.

"We are not conducting any secret trial. We took the suspects to court to get an order to keep them to conclude our investigation. When trial starts the whole world we see. It will be done in an open court. Not a secret tribunal," Marylyn Ogar, spokesperson of State Security Service, told reporters.

"All I knew is that the accused persons have been brought to the court," she said.

An Indian delegation, led by Corporate and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, was also present at the venue of the Independence day celebration where the explosions took place. Three blasts were carried out but the ceremony went ahead despite the explosions.

PTI