Proceedings at the Federal High Court was disrupted yesterday, when the suspect of the Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Mr. Charles Okah, attempted suicide from the third floor of the six storey building of the court.
Okah, who felt frustrated that his trial has dragged on for too long attempted to end it all yesterday.
He has been facing terrorism charges before the court for about five years.
After the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case to October 20, Okah sought the permission of the judge to air his views over what he termed “endless trial”, due to his lawyer’s absence in court.
Justice Kolawole obliged his request, which he spoke for about five minutes.
Okah said: “I have been incarcerated for about five years now, and I have a family to cater for.
“My children would grow up with out feeling the warmth of their father.
“I’m tired of this endless trial,” he screamed.
Leadership Newspapers correspondent observed that after Okah ended his emotional statement, he reached for a chair in the court and quickly moved towards a window of the court building where he attempted to break the louvres so as to jump down.
He was however, wrestled down by lawyers and other litigants who over powered him.
While the pandemonium persisted, the judge abandoned other cases before him and moved into his chambers.