Okah 'issued terror threats from cell'

2011-02-24 09:36

Johannesburg - Cellphones, chargers, a map and papers with telephone numbers were seized in a raid on the prison cell of Nigerian terror accused Henry Okah, Pretoria News reported on Thursday.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela confirmed the search which occurred on Tuesday night, to the publication.

Alleged terror threats by Okah from his cell apparently sparked the raid, with Nigerian authorities alerting the South African government.

Okah was denied bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court late last year.

He faces charges of terrorism, relating to the October 1 twin car bombing in Abuja, Nigeria, which killed 12 people and injured 36.

Okah failed to convince the court that he was not the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, which claimed responsibility for the Independence Day bombings.

  • avinesh.sunkerpersad - 2011-02-24 09:55

    I wonder how he got access to all that Prison

      DebbyLou - 2011-02-24 13:37

      My sentiments exactly! Pay enough to a prison guard and anything can be slipped through. No control and most certainly no discipline!

  • peter.weatherall - 2011-02-24 10:21

    Why or how does he have these things in his PRISON CELL???!!!??

  • Sipho - 2011-02-24 10:42

    Those guys think there smart,let justice prevail!.

      GT - 2011-02-24 10:52

      They are smart - they are sitting in SA with access to anything they want

  • Chris - 2011-02-24 11:38

    luxury life in prison. still operating criminal activities. Put this man in a proper cell – lock him up. Throw away the keys and whala…easy! You will only need one person to feed them. That’s it…if prisons are built with the intent that a A class criminal will be locked up with NO privileges you would only need a few people to check up on them. Even better – death penalty then billions don’t need to be spend on these thugs. Rather spend billions on fighting poverty and to invest in the people that daily put their lives in danger to protect us.

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-24 13:39

    Corrupt prison warders.

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