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Henry Okah predicts more violence after elections

Former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Henry Okah has said he fears more unrest in the Niger Delta after next year’s election.

Okah,  who is standing trial in South Africa for alleged terrorism spoke to The Associated Press by phone, Thursday from jail, where he is awaiting trial on charges he was behind October 1 bombings in Abuja.

Okah denies involvement in the bombings, saying he is not a member of the militant group Nigerian government holds responsible for the October 1 attack and for unrest in the delta. But Okah said he supports anyone “fighting for justice in the region.”

Nigerian politicians are known for arming militants to intimidate voters in the lead-up to elections. Okah said once the vote is over, weapons distributed during the campaign would be used in increased violence.


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