Henry Okah: South African Court Convicts Nigeria Rebel -BBC

Henry Okah
By BBC

A South African court has found Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah guilty of masterminding the 2010 car bombing which killed 12 people.

Okah was convicted of 13 counts related to acts of terrorism.

He was arrested in Johannesburg a day after two car bombs exploded during the 50th anniversary of Nigeria's independence.

He had denied the charges, even though his militant group, Mend, said it had carried out the attack.

Johannesburg High Court Judge Neels Claassen convicted Okah on charges ranging from conspiracy to commit terrorism to detonating explosives.

"I have come to the conclusion that the state proved beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused," Judge Claassen said, AFP news agency reports.

Okah was arrested on gun-running charges in Angola in 2007 and then transferred to Nigeria but never convicted.

He was released after two years under an amnesty for oil militants and he returned to South Africa, where he had lived since 2003.

Mend says it is fighting so that more of Nigeria's massive oil wealth is used to benefit the Niger Delta area which produces the oil.

But criminal gangs have taken advantage of the region's instability to make money from ransoms paid by oil companies, and by stealing oil.

The violence subsided significantly after the government offered militants an amnesty in 2009.

At its peak, the instability in the Niger Delta cost Nigeria about $1bn (£630m) in loss revenue, Reuters news agency quotes the central bank as saying.

Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer, but most of its people live in poverty.
 

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Act of terrorism is

Act of terrorism is increasing and there should be stricter acts to combat this trend. There should be better laws to protect the citizens. However, it is best to take help of the legal experts to sort out legal troubles. If you are planning to get a divorce you should take help of a divorce attorney.

RE: TRIBALISM

THOSE PEOPLE YOU LISTED ARE ALL ROTHSCHILD ZIONIST, THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF ALL THESE PROBLEMS IN THE COUNTRY

dey started the bombing.

Oga so it was d MEND planted in the north disguising with BH that tried 2 kill the sultan just d other day right?Allah will surely expose u all

Sure big brother, we are same

Sure big brother, we are same God's creation,the only thing is for us to educate each others as somany things have happened in the past and there is no trust again, but the elites mentioned can use their wealth in uniting the country and should not allow cycophants to have their way and corrupt the ordinary.United we stand divided we fall and never wake up. We pray almigthy to touch our minds and to change us for the better.

Tribalism

Better u stop bein sentimental. North,South,East and West are created by God n Wish to Make them in one country so that u cn benefit frm each side pottencials and mek a super country bt u fail to realise that. If he wishes he wouldn't have mek u in 1 place. Goodluck,Mark,Tambuwal,Anyim,Ngozi,Lamido,maduekwe,Dangote,Otedola,Adenuga,Dantata etc. Are dinning in same table, bt, u at grassroot level are busy fighting each other.pls Correct ur thinking.

Mr Akpo

Mr Akpo the Foolest

Serious minded South African Judiciary

Here in Nigeria, the judicial system is so corrupt so much that the so called Okah was/is being represented by Femi Falana SAN in Nigeria ( what a shame). South African judiciary, though not perfect, is much more fair and functional than our own system that could not convict legion of arrested terrorist suspects with overwhelming evidence against them e.g Sen. Ndume ( PDP)etc

@Wahala: Belive What You Want

@Wahala, I have examined the situation and in terms of conflict analysis, my comment is objective. I didn't comment on the justice or innjustice of the conviction. That's a matter for another day. Throughout history when a people are denied justice and they resort to armed struggle, the outcome determines the fate of the agitators and sometimes their place in history. Mandela is a hero because apartheid fell He was branded and tried as a terrorist. Robert Mugabe is a hero because colonialism fell. Ojukwu went on exile because he lost the war. History has other examples. If the outcome were different, he pobably 'd have been President of Biafra or Nigeria in a power-sharing Peace Accord. @ Wahala keep calm and study history before you misdiagnose a condition.

@AKPOS1. DERI. OTILE AND CO.

I have'nt seen the DOGS, PIGS, MONKEYS and the DONKEYS commenting. Ninety nine days for the thief, only one day is for the owner. Now its over for this monkey, remain his baboon sponsors...GEJ.

here we are.

I quote henry okah saying in 194 pages sworn affidavit...
''The bombing on 1 october 2010 was a platform for the elimination of political opposition from the north in the form of General Buhara. The bombing of 1 october 2010 was also intended by the president BADLUCK jonathan Government to create anti-north sentiments nationwide in order to galvanize support from other sections of Nigeria against other northern candidates in the presidential elections"
Alas! Badluck himself said this before, that he knews who are BH, he means his kinsmen...MEND, NADECO, DERI, AKPOS1, OTILE AND CO.
So now, we came into conclusion that we know who responsible for the bombings and attacks on innocent security men in the north.

We have Zero facts abt this case

We are all commenting with zero facts on this. I have wondered why this case was blocked off the Nigeria media. None of them followed the progress of this case properly taken into consideration how important this case is suppose to be to us. But see a u-turn when the verdict was to be anounced. I never new the press was allowed in the court room until I saw channels TV report yesterday. There is really something funny about this matter and I believe we have not heard the last of this. For Okah NOT to accept Amnesty offered him twice by the governemt, including during this trial, says alot... Why would he take the risk of going through a trial if he was guilty? Lets ask for details of the case and ONLY then can we make a clear decision. SA is not a perfect place, especially with this current president; no be them lock Mandela up for life because he was speaking the truth.............
I am also shocked that Saharareporters did not follow this case closely.

Re: We Rule

I thought you are learned man but from the way you speaks you are not. It is high time you go for extra moral classes to enhance your level of understanding.

Nigeria is owned by d tripod Jonah is just a passenger!

Okah allowed his soul-his very being to derail from the struggle! I had earlier warned him not to get involved with the parasites in search of fresh political alignment in the SS. He would not listen 2 me-He foolishly thought they loved him more than his ppl-Pleaded with him not to trust even his own wife in the struggle! He did not! Stanley the star witness who nailed Okah was his tenant, and from the south East! He was introduced to Okah by his wife! Unknown to them that, he was an agent out to destabilize MEND for his pay masters-Asare Dokubo the turn coat who has gone astray with his thoughts, was lured into attacking d president by Amaechi. He also spent time in jail with Okah. Are the leaders of boko haram-in jail-that is 9ja 4 d up-coming Okahs in the Niger Delta-9ja belongs to d tripod-jonah and Okah are mere passengers!

Okah sold his soul cheaply 2 d vultures from d core south

It serves all the clowns in the SS right. The next person to go will be Asare Dokubo. Cause he thinks d parasites via Amaechi will hand over d control of the SS 2 him, once he is able to demonize us 4 d vultures! Okah was stupid to have sold out his soul to d boko haram elements from d core South! Since the start of the Boko Haram crisis in d Fulani North, we are yet 2 hear of d trial of leaders of that satanic cult group-in any court of law! If BH had come out of the SS, court elected clown Amaechi would have been announcing 2 d world that, he knows where to locate the mother of Okah. Ken Sarowiwa was betrayed by his own Ogoni ppl-Okah by his blood relations. Sylva d ex governor of Bayelsa state had little or no regard for his subjects-he treated them with disdain-till his sack! The same goes for Dickson! No respect for them either-his hatred 4 his tribes men, knows no bound. His would make Hitler look like an angel in d eyes of d Jews! That is d ijaw nation 4 u! what a shame!

It started as a genuine struggle b4 it was hijacked by Henry

I have told people, the hour of reckoning must surely come for this man. . .

Henry truncated the struggle by turning it into a Business Venture. . . even after amnesty, he still allowed GREED to cloud his judgement. . .

My old set will say "YOU PLAY, YOU PAY"

Take it as a true SS son. . . Take it as a MAN and Do your time. . . But do not forget, you are drenched in blood of the departed souls you KILLED.

Nigeria has never been a country, is not & will never be. Idiots

Nigeria has never been a country & will never be...all of you idiots writing nonsense & hailing the South african justice system have refused to learn...I asked a simple question about why stupid UK protected Umaru Dikko but convicted Ibori? None of you block heads will attempt to answer bcos you have been brain washed and u still suffer from d proverbial 'colo mentality'. Idiots.

I lived on Simpson street behind Umaru Dikko's residence in Central London for about a decade. The Idiot had up to 3 guards at his residence guarding a thief whom his country so badly wanted that it attempted to smuggle him via a diplomatic crate..So UK protected Dikko bcos he invested in UK economy nd gave them part of d loot. But Ibori wud nt. But dumb fools that all of u are, will not remember. The British know how stupid u all are, so they play on ur intelligence. Idiots.

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE

We rule

We the republic of SE&SS rule. We are the masterminds and we will delete all south Africans and sharia republic of north. Now my time to go and bang my mama pussy as usual. Forgot to tell u my sister pussy we more open than my mama own and I no enjoy am last night. Name mama I go fuck today.
Long live the United Republic of SS&SE

@Briggs-Bowei - Why is this going to invoke reactions?

RE: 'Orkah's conviction will indeed invoke more reaction from the revolutionaries of the SS&SE peoples'.

Why is this going to invoke more reactions from the SS&SE? Is this because you think that the SS/SE do not like or believe in JUSTICE?

Here is a criminal, who has been convicted by an INDEPENDENT and CIVILISED LAW COURT of a CIVILISED country, and you are peddling mindless and 'little talk'. Any revolutionary that does not believe in JUSTICE and FAIRNESS is not fit to be accorded recognition or to exist.

He is history! Let the REAL revolutionaries stand out from the chaffs and opportunists!

dey started the bombing.

Now that he is guilty, how many more bombs has MEND planted in the north disguising with BH? I am sure alots of them. When GEJ said he knew the pple responsible for the bombing he didnt lie. Is his boys. What ll CAN president say about it now? The hide behind BH and using mend to kill muslims and christians and say is BH. Allah will surely expose u all.

@Akpos1 - That is below the belt!

Are you having a laugh, or something? Did you say, the Henry Okah is a 'freedom fighter'? That gunrunner and violent criminal? The same dreaded 'Jomo Gbomo', the mastermind of the atrocities in the ND? Maybe you know something that the rest of us do not know about him. But he definitely isn't a freedom fighter. And no amount of image laundering will work for him! But why didn't you go to South Africa to defend or give him alibi?

And what is with the threat to South Africa and its citizens? Henry Okah faced justice and was properly tried and convicted in a civilised Law court. He got the justice that he deserved.

A happy day for the war on terrorism!

@Anonymous - Re: 'I thought GEJ denied MEND...'

That depends on whether you consider Okah a member of MEND (a group with several factions, but fighting for the cause of Niger Deltans) or simply a gunrunner and a common criminal, who thrives on creating chaos, mayhem and confusion.

If he WAS a member of MEND, then he abandoned that cause a long time ago, and embraced violence and the business of selling arms and fuelling the factions within MEND, as well as masterminding terrorism.

In other words, the President was right about the REAL MEND (with a cause) not being responsible for the 1st October bombing.

A THUG WAS CONVICTED.

A thug has been convicted and that to me is good news. I have absolutely no sympathy for people that take innocent lives. The only thing that sadden me is our country inability to prosecute and convict our own criminals or terrorists. Out sourcing the prosecutions of our citizens is a sign of Government in disarray. But then who said there was ever a Gvernment in Nigeria. While I understand the aspirations of people from South/South, as someone from that area, I am against taking of innocent lives, period! The legitimate demands of the South/South people has been hijacked by criminals whose only aim are to line their own pockets. How sad! I want to make it very clear here that Henry Okah never represented South/South except his band of thugs. There you have it.

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Where dem deeeee?... Otil, Oleku, Akpos1, Omoaholo & co.

Where are those fulls?... Otile, Akos1, Oleku, Omoaholo, Deri etc, etc, etc!!! Where dem dey?!!! Una no go talk? Yeye!!! Pig's & dog's ash (put together) when cremated is better than yours!!!

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is stanley from the south south? Okah u see yr mumu self?

It serves all the clowns in the SS right. The next person to go will be Asare Dokubo. Cause he thinks d parasites via Amaechi will hand over d control of the SS 2 him, once he is able to demonize us in d SS 4 d vultures! Okah was stupid to have sold out his soul to d boko haram elements in d core South! Since the start of the Boko Haram crisis in d North, we are yet 2 hear of d trial of leaders of these satanic cult groups-in any court of law! If BH had come out of the SS, court elected clowns like Amaechi would have been announcing 2 d world that, he knows where to locate the mother of Okah. Ken Sarowiwa was betrayed by his own Ogoni ppl-Okah by his blood relations. Sylva d ex governor of Bayelsa state had little or no regard for his subjects-he treated them with disdain-till his sack! The same goes for Dickson! No respect for them either-his hatred 4 his tribes men, knows no bound. His would make Hitler look like an angel in d eyes of d Jews! That is d ijaw nation 4 u! what a shame!

Long-distance Justice na Justice!

@ Ene : Great comment. Respect!
@HJC : Stop inciting thugs to murder innocent citizens.

MEND thugs have largely been neutralized. Water don enter their mouths, except the senseless foot soldiers drinking themselves into coma in the creeks. Expect nothing as NOTHING will happen. There will be no reprisals from the ragtag drunks, drunkards don't fight. The expandables have forgotten there was a King Henry. The other Okah's prison letter is proof MEND and other Aborigines don't give a hoot. The Okahs are on their own whether in Kuje or Bloomfontein, prison is prison and the Okahs will deservedly die in prison for MURDER in the First!

@ Deri : Blame it on the Tripod. Buhari imprisoned Ekwueme, Abacha murdered Saro-Wiwa and OBJ levelled Odi. Ndigbo again are marginalized. This credit must be given to Ibos. Don't forget to package some condomes to Hero Henry, Zulus love Aborigine yansh...and HIV is real.

Animals!

The humongous pipeline from

The humongous pipeline from Pitakwa to Sudaniyya in the North should be re-visited. The Hausa Fulani have dispossessed us by burrowing large holes underground and laying humongous pipelines for the purposes of stealing our oil. See how the owners of the stolen oil have suffered as a result. And see how the thieves are insulting the victims. Nigeria must divide.

MB Liman, Who is the monkey?

MB Liman,

Who is the monkey? A decent man like Henry whose only crime is the oil in his father's backyard, or you the Sahara desert leper who will commit genocide to steal the oil from him? The Hausa Fulani are a shameless race, and you know it.

Jonathan should ask the

Jonathan should ask the apartheid to release Henry immediately, and on arrival back the Niger Delta he should be granted freedom without delay. This man has suffered indignity because of the oil in his father's backyard. See how they are protecting Sheik Gumi, Mullah Ndume, Ayatollah Buhari, and Imam Qaqa who are really detonating bombs, carrying out hari-kari, mayhem and ungodly atrocities. The breakup of this country is eminent no matter what the cabal and the looting clique think.

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