Nigeria hails South Africa’s conviction of Henry Okah



The Presidency has expressed satisfaction over the South African Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to confirm the conviction of Henry Orkah to 20 years in prison.

A presidency official, who preferred not to be named, confirmed this development to State House correspondents in Abuja on Saturday.

The court, on Oct. 3, found Orkah guilty on two out of the 6-count charges relating to the Warri bombing labeled against him.

The Court also upheld the 12-year sentence for his role in the Abuja bombing, that claimed many innocent lives.

The convictions that were upheld are those in respect of the Warri bombing, relating to Okah’s providing finance and equipment without which the bombings would not have been executed.

The source stated that already the Nigerian government had written “a measured letter” to the South African government, hailing the judicial decision as a big step forward towards removing terrorism from the continent.

“South Africa has projected itself an enduring partner to Nigeria in the war against terrorism.

“When African countries act jointly against terrorism, they send out clear and unambiguous signals that there is no more a place for terrorism on our continent,’’ the source maintained.

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