Death of Independence Day Bomb blast suspect: Okah, others proceed on hunger strike
By Jimmy Lace
THE three surviving suspects of the October 1st, 2010 bomb blast; Charles Okah, Obi Nwabueze and Edmund Ebiware are embarking on a hunger strike starting from tomorrow, Monday, March 5, 2012 in protest of the death of their co-accused, Francis Osuvwo, (alias Gbokos).
The surviving trio, it was learnt, want the world to know that their lives are in danger and that they are no longer safe in the custody of the Nigerian Prison Service, that everyday spent in the Kuje Prison puts them at the risk of untimely death and have decided to embark on a hunger strike from March 5, 2012.
Our checks revealed that, their co-traveler, Francis Osuvwo who hailed from Ayakoromor/ Kalafiugbene in Delta State, died last Friday night due to alleged inhuman treatment being meted out on them at the hands of Nigerian Prison Service.
He died on Friday, March 3, 2012 at about 9.00 pm at the Kuje Prison Clinic and his corpse was taken to the National Hospital, Abuja shortly after and Prison officials have visited the National Hospital.
A source said “Let the world know that the late Francis Osuvwi, survived by an aged mother, wife- Philomena, a son- Kelvin and four daughters was an innocent man and he got the maximum punishment-death, for a crime he knew nothing about.
Prior to their arraignment in court, the four men did not know themselves and had never met themselves save for Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze who have been family friends for a long time.
The first time the men accused of the October 1st bombing saw themselves was at the interrogation room of the SSS Headquarters Abuja on the first day of their arraignment at the Federal High Court, Abuja on the 7th of December, 2010.”
Francis Osuvwo last days, according to the source; “Were really pathetic and shameful; he was left lying on the floor of his cell for days, immobile, stooling and peeing on himself with no medical attention from the Prison doctors and nurses.
The death of Francis Osuvwo can be attributed to the negligence of the officials of the Nigerian Prison Service, who have allowed themselves to be used as agents of persecution and the prison itself as a concentration camp where the four suspects have suffered various forms of inhuman treatment, including the fumigation of the suspects inside their cells.
Francis Osuvwo reacted badly to the chemical components of the fumigant. Charles Okah too is in a critical state and everyone is praying that he too does not go the way of Francis Osuvwo.