Yar’Adua Sends Envoy To Angola Over Detained MEND Rebel

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua yesterday sent a delegation to negotiate the issue of detained member of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah. The rebel leader has been held in Angola without trial since September.

Yar’Adua’s envoy, Emmanuel Imohe, met with President José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and delivered a letter from his Nigerian counterpart.

Imohe is the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Though the content of the letter was not made public, it is believed to be related to the Henry Okah’s arrest and how it should be handled.

Okah is being represented by a South African lawyer. He is yet to be charged with any offence by Angola.

Nigeria has expressed interest in having him extradited though both countries do not have an extradition treaty.

Okah is expected to challenge his extradition through the legal system sources close to him told The Times of Nigeria

The presidents of Angola and Nigeria, José Eduardo dos Santos and Umaru Yar Adua, respectively, met during the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly.


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