The Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, LPCDI, a forum of leaders of former agitators in the Niger Delta, has made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to consider a review of the ongoing trial of Charles Okah and the conviction of Edmund Ebiware, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, over the October 1, 2010 bombing incident in Abuja.
The group, in a press release signed by its president, ‘Pastor’ Reuben Wilson, also urged the government to explore a political solution towards reviewing the conviction of Okah by the South African authorities, over the same incident in Abuja.
This appeal is coming on the heels of the visit by the Presidential Committee on Prerogative of Mercy to some prisons in the country in order to grant amnesty to suspects incarcerated for various offences by the federal authorities.
The group noted with satisfaction the recent ceasefire declaration by fringe elements of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, who had accepted to dialogue with the Federal Government through the Special Adviser on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, on the pathway to lasting peace in the Niger Delta.