Okah's brother held in Nigeria

2010-10-17 22:04

Lagos - Nigerian authorities have arrested the brother of an ex-militant leader implicated in recent deadly car bombings, alleging he is behind threats on behalf of Mend rebels, security sources said on Sunday.

Charles Okah was arrested on Saturday in Lagos, security sources familiar with the case told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He is the brother of Henry Okah, former chief of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), who was arrested in South Africa a day after the October 1 independence day twin blasts. He is accused of playing a key role in the bombings that killed at least 12 people.

Charles Okah, who is considered a Mend spokesperson, "was arrested after the bomb alert emails and SMSes were traced to him," one of the security sources told AFP.

Nigeria's intelligence agency and police could not be reached immediately for comment.