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|Charles Okah Prison Letters. by 13volts(m): 12:07pm On Dec 09, 2012|
"October 1 2010 Bomb Blast Setup and Government Double Standard" is title of this letter written from Kuje Prison by Charles Okah addressed to Cardinal Okojie....I did not realize how much of a threat some of us have been to the GEJ Gang of Thieves as far back as October 2010....interes ting reading.....Enj oy....
CHARLES OKAH PRISON LETTERS - 08/12/2012 - THEWILL
November 19, 2012
Charles T. Okah
Single Cell Block
Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie
c/o Catholic Church Secretariat
October 1 2010 Bomb Blast Setup and Government Double Standard
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I hope this letter meets you well. The reasons I choose to direct this letter to you are that I am a Catholic and you are an old boy of my alma mater, St. Gregory's College, Lagos.
I write from Kuje Prison Abuja where two other Catholics and I have been languishing in solitary confinement for 2 years on trumped-up charges relating to the October 1, 2010 bomb attack claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
My name is Charles Tonbra Okah, aka Billy Bones. On October 16, 2010 my residence in Apapa GRA was invaded by operatives of the State Security Services on the warrant that I was the suspected spokesman for MEND using the pseudonym
"Jomo Gbomo." My eldest son, visiting from the United States where he attends the University of Kansas (KU) was also arrested.
At the SSS Headquarters Abuja where we were flown to blindfolded with our legs and hands bound, my 'cooperation' was solicited for something completely different to my surprise. My captors threw me a lifeline; offering me our freedom and a lucrative contract in exchange for false testimony against my
younger brother Henry, who is resident in South Africa. I was to write a false statement claiming to have been told by Henry about the bomb plot and naming the following persons as his conspirators: Former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Chief Timipre Sylva, and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. I bluntly refused.
To maintain pressure on me, I was told that my son would be implicated in the bomb matter, my containers of legitimate imports then at the Tin Can Port would be impounded and my business destroyed. I still did not budge, tossing their lifeline back with royal disdain.
When they realized I was not going to connive in their scheme, they became formal and reverted to the main reason for my arrest. I was asked for the MEND password which I told them I did not know. They bound me in a chair, took off my trousers and clamped a device to my joystick. My legs were then put inside a basin of water. The device when turned on passed a high voltage of electricity to my body and I lost consciousness. This was on Monday October 18 at about 6pm. When I regained consciousness, I discovered I was at the National Hospital emergency room. I remember the doctors asking why I had trauma marks on my chest where the SSS doctor performed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The SSS operatives
were evasive in answering questions at the hospital. That night I was released and taken to rest for the night at the State House Clinic. That was the last time a torture was carried out on me.
My son was eventually released after Mr. Femi Falana visited in the company of my wife after a month of being denied access to a lawyer. However, my containers have been impounded up to date and my bank account frozen.
The SSS stopped asking about the MEND password after Jomo Gbomo made another statement while I was in their custody but refused to still let me go because I did not cooperate earlier with them. Meanwhile in the ongoing trial in South Africa, Henry is accused of being the same Jomo Gbomo by the same people who say I am JG.
Double Standard in Kuje Prison:
On December 24, 2010 we were remanded in Kuje prison as a result of our application to be removed from the SSS detention cell. Unknown to us, the SSS passed instructions from "above" to the prison authorities to carry out "special treatment" in order to stampede us into a trial towards conviction. For 2 years we have been locked up in solitary confinement, are not allowed to exercise or get sunlight outside and are forced to sleep on the floor when bunk beds are available. Even a court order by Justice Gabriel Kolawole to the prison for a change in our confinement style was ignored after it was superseded by an 'order from above."
In late 2011, while locked up inside our cell block, prison officials clothed in protective apparel, face masks and gloves carried out fumigation without opening us to wait outside. Our protests fell on deaf ears and by the time they were finished we were in distress.
The Youth Corper doctor on call tried her best within her limits to the emergency she was confronted with. The poisonous gas and barbaric action reminiscent of the Nazi concentration camp infamous gas chambers, eventually led to the death of one Francis Osuwo, aka Gboko, also roped into this case by the SSS and a man I have never met before.
Interestingly, the four persons in detention were strangers to each other except for one Obi Nwabueze who is a family friend and close associate of Henry.
The fumigant whose chemical constituent were never relayed to us have affected my neurological system and I have been on a daily prescription of strong neurological medication prescribed by a neurologist of the National Hospital, Professor Bwala.
While the Boko Haram suspects at Kuje prison are allowed to worship in the prison mosque, we have never set foot in the prison chapel. They are also enjoying privileges such as cable television, radio, liberty to move within the prison walls, bunk beds to sleep on and phone calls to their families. We are
denied all of the above.
When I asked the current Controller of FCT Command the reason for the disparity, he said "the fear of Boko Haram is the beginning of wisdom." He further said the Moslem community was concerned about their welfare in custody.
Double Standard in the Court:
Even in the Courts where justice is supposed to be blind, the double standard is glaring. While Senator Ndume, accused of being a financier to Boko Haram was given bail by the same Judge presiding over our case, we have been denied bail.
I understand that this Senator was permitted by the same court to travel on his religious obligation to Mecca for the lesser Hajj while we are refused from attending mass in a chapel less than 50 meters from our cell block.
The court is willing to permit the Senator approval to travel abroad for his medical check if he can provide proof that such check up is not done locally. Meanwhile, I have been denied my application to go on a compulsory checkup which in my case is mandatory for a kidney donor, having donated my left kidney to my mother 30 years ago.
Our cases have been adjourned repeatedly for cruelly long durations. The last time I appeared in court was March 2012 and the next adjourned date is January 31, 2013, that is if that date will not be shifted again under a flimsy excuse.
All we ask is for a free and fair justice from an independent Judiciary that should release us instead of holding us as scapegoats over an obvious power show. While this government continues holding us hostage, our families are becoming destitute.
Our rights to freely worship as Catholics is being infringed by the state who have more respect for Islam when all religions should be treated equally.
Double Standards in the Polity:
The National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) was quoted as saying that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has the phone numbers of suspected Boko Haram sponsors. Later the Inspector General of Police said certain
individuals had been put on a "watch list" as suspected Boko Haram sponsors.
Now the big question is why did the government not simply have our phone numbers and put us also on its 'watch list" while we move about freely? They did not hesitate to arrest us, clamp us on trumped-up charges and detain us on flimsy excuses. They did not merely talk, they took action even in South Africa where
my brother was arrested since 2010. Is there a better word to describe this other than hypocrisy?
The same government eager to negotiate with Boko Haram who claimed responsibility for over 100 attacks where Catholics have suffered the brunt, have refused to negotiate with MEND and continue to delude themselves that all is well.
Why would this government expect Boko Haram to unmask it leaders and negotiate when they can see that perceived leaders and supporters of MEND are being persecuted and jailed?
I welcome a fact-finding visit from the Church in the company of credible Human Rights groups to verify our allegations.
On the two occasions Kuje Prison was visited by the Bishop of Abuja during the Christmas of 2010 and 2011, he was surreptitiously steered away from where were we are held hostage and I believe he has no idea of what is going in inside Kuje prison.
Our prayers is that leaders of our Churches will be more sensitive and proactive in politics of the land that touches the lifes of their followers and not leave delicate issues solely in the hands of corrupt and selfish politicians, and majority of the population rid of a "Potiphar" mentality who believe lies when
told by SSS.
May God save our beloved country.
Charles T. Okah
CC: Pope Benedict, Vatican, Rome
Catholic Bishop of Abuja Diocese, Abuja FCT
"I was sick and in prison, and you visited me."
-Matthew 25. 35, 36
From Nasir El-Rufai's wall.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Nobody: 12:54pm On Dec 09, 2012|
sometimes, Nigeria just breaks my heart
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by lacasa: 12:59pm On Dec 09, 2012|
GEJ the ηo.1 terrorist
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Gee001(f): 1:26pm On Dec 09, 2012|
This letter long die!
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by tchidi(f): 1:37pm On Dec 09, 2012|
This is unfair!! What is good for d goose, is good for d gander!! Why is Nigeria dis way? I weep for this country!
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Sincere9gerian: 1:39pm On Dec 09, 2012|
This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY made front page on NL? Seun! Seun!! Seun!!! Using ones privilleged position or medium to FACILITATE lies and half-truths just to discredit political opponents is also a form of CORRUPTION.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by kokoA(m): 1:39pm On Dec 09, 2012|
The reason why they keep these guys in prison for almost three years now while so called sponsors of a terrorist group who have killed thousands of Nigerians are granted bail and allowed to work free still beats my imagination.. Its just a matter of time, the truth will come out..
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Leboska(m): 1:43pm On Dec 09, 2012|
I'm not suprise 1 bit.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by bbpreye2: 1:43pm On Dec 09, 2012|
13volts: "October 1 2010 Bomb Blast Setup and Government Double Standard" is title of this letter written from Kuje Prison by Charles Okah addressed to Cardinal Okojie....I did not realize how much of a threat some of us have been to the GEJ Gang of Thieves as far back as October 2010....interes ting reading.....Enj oy....
Pls how do I change my BBM status?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Wsdm: 1:44pm On Dec 09, 2012|
May God almighty grant you freedom if you are truly innocent. If the president could be doing these to his own kinsmen, i say we are in trouble. My brother, leave boko haram out of this because they are synonymous to your brother at the helm of affairs. Double standard every were. Oh God come to our aid.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Leboska(m): 1:45pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Sincere 9gerian: This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY made front page on NL? Seun! Seun!! Seun!!! Using ones privilleged position or medium to FACILITATE lies and half-truths just to discredit political opponents is also a form of CORRUPTION.when people like u reply i just wish there is a dislike button.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by chyseth(m): 1:47pm On Dec 09, 2012|
the guy said, he was in solitary confinement, and yet he wrote with such precision. i hope somebody is not impersonating somebody here.
and i dont in any way support the inhuman treatment meted out to the man in question.
it is well
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Wsdm: 1:48pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Sincere 9gerian: This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY made front page on NL? Seun! Seun!! Seun!!! Using ones privilleged position or medium to FACILITATE lies and half-truths just to discredit political opponents is also a form of CORRUPTION.Give us proof to the contrary. A letter signed with name and address, what else do you want?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by boneruns(m): 1:49pm On Dec 09, 2012|
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by dridowu: 1:49pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Sincere 9gerian: This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY made front page on NL? Seun! Seun!! Seun!!! Using ones privilleged position or medium to FACILITATE lies and half-truths just to discredit political opponents is also a form of CORRUPTION.whether is real or fake , its better dan dos CELEBRITIES news making d FP evriday.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by mrkels(m): 1:50pm On Dec 09, 2012|
This is a matter of national security. I believe the government knows something that we do not and holding these men captive is for the best interest of the federal republic of nigeria. Anyways I hope they would allow them their rights as prisoners and give them a chance for fair trial just incase the government is wrong about their involvement in the terrorist attack.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Sincere9gerian: 1:51pm On Dec 09, 2012|
This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY should be read side by side with the fact that Charles Orkah is the brother of Henry Orkah, a KNOWN gun runner and leader of criminal gangs in the Niger delta. Before GEJ became president, Henry Orkah was initially arrested and imprisoned by Yar Adua due to his links with criminal activities in the Niger delta. He was later released by the same Yar Adua during the amnesty programme, after he wrote an under-taking not to return to criminality. After the demise of Yar Adua and with GEJ now in charge, Henry Orkah rejected amnesty and went on a mission to embarrass GEJ. Even till date, Henry Orkah does not believe in amnesty. Therefore, only fools will take SILLY STORIES of a family member of criminal gangs seriously. Unfortunately, there are many fools in Nig
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by calabaman(m): 1:51pm On Dec 09, 2012|
.bbpreye:Are u high?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by nnekaregy(f): 1:52pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Heart breaking. Please let the church do something. This is injustice.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Nobody: 1:53pm On Dec 09, 2012|
You Quoted the entire thing just to type that?!
I weep for both Nigeria and Nairaland.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by odumdesmond: 1:54pm On Dec 09, 2012|
If you are intelligent enough, you would discover that that purported letter could not have emanated from a man in solitary confinement that claims he has been confined to darkness and no form of contact to the world outside his prison cell. How did he know what transpires outside, how come he was even quoting people verbatim? Did you not notice he was distorting facts?did you also notice has was stating events a man in solitary confinements couldn't ve been aware of, giving accurate names, time, date and events. Who told him Dasuki is now NSA? Did he attend same secondary school with Cardinal John Onayikan? Where? I know whereas Onayikan schooled at Kabba in Kogi state, Charles and Henry his brother couldn't have also schooled there, between him and Henry who is older? The letter claims Henry is his younger brother, but we all know that is white lie. Its only a low brain that will accept that crap of a letter hook line n sinker!
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by bbpreye2: 1:56pm On Dec 09, 2012|
If you can't answer the question, why do u comment?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by sherrylo: 1:57pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Hunnnmm, the fear of boko haram? In prison?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by OYINBOGOJU(m): 2:01pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Sorry Charlse but your MEND brothers betray you and not the government as potray in this message.
I can imagine your freedom if the likes of Asari Dokubo and other MEND leaders have shown this government that the fear of militant is the begining of wisdom.
Instead they took offer which you have refused and as a result getting lucrative contracts and even Government include them in our yearly budget which is up to the sum of 200Billion.
I believe you should have taken the path to riches rather than languishing in jail and at the same time you will use the money you get from Govt to wage war against the govt for your brother freedom in south africa.
You should have known that you live among betrayal,which means you should have betray the government by taken money and still continue the war.
It is so pathetic and heartbreaking to hear this.
The only way to get deserved national cake is by taken up arms and ammunication against the oppressor.
Our government never understand the gentle man way of negotiation,instead they listen attentively to the sounds of bomb and singing power of AK47.
Writting this letter to Bishop and other Evangelist means nothing because most of them are part of parasite that is eating this country like cancer.
I think you should have directed this letter to the Billionaire mend leaders and ask them why they betray you.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by PLENTYNAIR(m): 2:01pm On Dec 09, 2012|
If this story is anything to go by then I see Christ coming sooner than we expect.
Men playing God on fellow humans with equal rights?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by kemiola89(f): 2:02pm On Dec 09, 2012|
.bbpreye:what's your problem? Must you quote the whole story?
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Pain: 2:03pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Sincere 9gerian: This unsubstantiated SUPER STORY should be read side by side with the fact that Henry Orkah is KNOWN gun runner and leader of criminal gangs in the Niger delta. Before GEJ became president, Henry Orkah was initially arrested and imprisoned by Yar Adua due to his links with criminal activities in the Niger delta. He was later released by the same Yar Adua during the amnesty programme, after he wrote an under-taking not to return to criminality. After the demise of Yar Adua and with GEJ now in charge, Henry Orkah rejected amnesty and went on a mission to embarrass GEJ. Even till date, Henry Orkah does not believe in amnesty. Therefore, only fools will take SILLY STORIES of someone with such criminal record seriously. Unfortunately, there are many fools in Nig
Point of Correction! The Person in Question is Not HENRY OKAH. It is CHARLES OKAH, a brother to HENRY.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Francuiz: 2:04pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Injustice at its peak. God help 9ja
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Jafour: 2:04pm On Dec 09, 2012|
What is the catholic community and the church doing? The catholic churches had been attacked many times by Boko Haram and many catholics lost their lives while celebrating mass.
Now a catholic is being incarcerated for whatever charge but being denied attendance to mass while suspected boko harams are allowed to practice their religion in the same prison.
Cardinal Okojie should act on the religious aspect of the letter directed to him.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by teniyi(m): 2:04pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Walai, there are so many things that are not well with GEJ's government.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by buzor(m): 2:04pm On Dec 09, 2012|
PDP is bokoharam and bokoHaram is PDP.
GEJ is no one terrorist in Naija.
|Re: Charles Okah Prison Letters. by Tsmooth1(m): 2:10pm On Dec 09, 2012|
Rot in HELL Okah's. But Senator Ndume should also join them inside. silly terrorist!
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