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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Nigeria: Amnesty for Rebel Leader

The Nigerian government has granted amnesty to one of the country's main rebel leaders, Henry Okah. Okah had been held for more than a year on charges of treason. He was said to be one of the heads of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), but on leaving jail denied he was the leader.

Mend claims to be fighting for a fairer distribution of Nigeria's oil wealth. The release came hours after it launched a deadly attack in Lagos.

Okah was arrested in Angola in 2007 and charged with treason and gun-running charges. His release has been a key demand of his group.

link: AfricaNews - Nigeria grants amnesty to rebel leader - Articles


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