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MEND deny leaders attempted jail escape

12 February 2014, 08:45Okoro Chinedu

Abuja - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied that its leader, Henry Okah attempted to escape from prison.

Officials said the jailbreak reports were propaganda and desperate deed by South African and Nigerian Governments to scuttle Okah’s likely victory from the South African Appellate Court.

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement by the South African Department of Correctional Services of an “attempted jailbreak” by Okah.

"The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) views this petty propaganda as a last ditch and desperate deed by the South African and Nigerian Governments to scuttle Henry Okah’s likely victory from the South African Appellate Court coming up anytime in the month of March, 2014 and an outrageous lie,” the group spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, stated in a press statement.

 It added that the group continued to back Okah’s innocence over the attacks he had been blamed for.

“No right thinking person would believe that the ‘Political Prisoner’ who was recently granted a leave to appeal his conviction and has a pending lawsuit against the South African Prison Service would connive to escape with common-law prisoners who have nothing to lose.

"Okah not only shunned a plea bargain offered by the Prosecution for his freedom but opted to go ahead with his trial to clear his name. He is ready to proceed to the South African Constitutional Court to test the South African Judicial system against an obvious setup.”

– CAJ News

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