Nigeria independence day Bombing Suspect to Appear in South African Court

A former Nigerian militant leader will appear in a South African court Thursday to face charges related to this month’s bombing in Nigeria that killed at least 12 people.

Henry Okah, a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, is accused of engaging in terrorist activity and conspiring to set off the twin car bombs in Abuja on Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day.

Okah has been jailed in South Africa since his arrest there earlier this month.

Nigerian authorities have arrested nine other people in connection with the attacks.

MEND said last week it was not behind the attack, after an earlier statement attributed to the group claimed responsibility. VOA

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