Henry Okar, Nigeria’s no 1Militant accused has been rcommended for a more comfortable place of abode inside the prison, with a court criticising his current stringent prison detention conditions in South Africa.
The Niger Delta militant, accused of terrorism in South Africa won the reprieve from the South African Correctional Services minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who followed a court injunction to recommend him for a more homely living condition in prison.
A South Gauteng High Court has ruled that his strict prison conditions were inhumane and illegal. The court ruling means that Mr. Okah will probably be moved to a medium security prison in Johannesburg.
Mr. Okah’s lawyer, Rudi Krause, had sued the minister to court after Okah complained that his current conditions of detention were inhumane. Okah was moved to a maximum security prison in February after a raid on his cell revealed that he was in possession of several mobile phones.
Okah’s lawyers said they plan to sue the ministry for R20 million.
Okah is facing terrorism charges in South Africa over the October 1 “Independent Day” bombing in Abuja that killed 12 people. Okah’s trial is set for January 2012.