Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah , who is facing terrorism charges in South Africa, said Nigeria’s government is refusing to seek his extradition because a trial in his homeland may prove his innocence.
A South African court sentenced Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah to 24 years in jail after he was found guilty of 13 counts of terrorism, including a bomb attack that killed 12 people in the capital, Abuja.
Henry Okah reiterated accusations that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan asked him to tell rebels in the Niger Delta to retract their claim to be behind the Oct. 1 bombings in Nigeria that killed 12 people.
Nigeria’s Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta threatened to bomb mosques and assassinate Muslim clerics, a week after saying it killed 15 security personnel in the southern oil-producing Bayelsa state.
Henry Okah, the man whom the Nigerian government says is a rebel leader, told the Magistrates Court in Johannesburg today that Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan asked him to tell the rebel group MEND to retract its claim of responsibility for bomb blasts so that he could blame political opponents.