Nigerian Rebel Leader Released From Jail

By: Bashir Adigun AP Email
By: Bashir Adigun AP Email

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - The lawyer for Nigeria's most prominent rebel leader says he has been freed from jail by the government.

The release meets one of the key demands of his rebel group, which has been attacking the country's oil installations and kidnapping oil workers for several years.

Lawyer Femi Falana also told The Associated Press on Monday that
the charges Henry Okah' was facing - treason and gun running - have
been dropped.

Okah was arrested in Angola in September 2006 and repatriated to
Nigeria, where he faced charges

Militants in the oil-rich delta had made Okah's release one of their conditions for ending attacks on oil infrastructure and workers. Earlier this year, the group said that Okah was suffering from a kidney ailment and needed urgent medical treatment abroad.

In the latest attack by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta rebels, the country's main insurgent group set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in the country's populous economic center of Lagos on Sunday.

It was the first attack by the group outside the restive Niger Delta region.

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