Nigeria: Ex-militant leader arrested over bombings

An ex-leader of a militant group that claimed responsibility for a dual car bombing that killed 12 in Nigeria has been arrested.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2010, 12:32 PM IST

Lagos: An ex-leader of a militant group that
claimed responsibility for a dual car bombing that killed 12
in Nigeria has been arrested in Johannesburg, a spokeswoman
for Nigeria`s secret police said on Sunday.

Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswoman for the State Security
Service, also acknowledged in an interview with The Associated
Press that her secretive agency had intelligence beforehand
that an attack was imminent.

However, it and others were unable to stop the bombings
that targeted celebrations surrounding Nigeria`s 50th
anniversary of independence from Britain.

Ogar said police arrested Henry Okah, the ex-leader of
the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta sometime
after the bombings yesterday.

Police officials in South Africa did not immediately
return a call for comment today.

PTI