Wednesday, 19 February 2014

News Release: Henry Okah Sues S.Africa Department Of Correctional Services

Henry Okah (L)

We are the Attorneys of record for Mr Henry Okah, currently incarcerated at the Newlock Prison, Pretoria, South Africa. Having won leave to appeal both conviction and sentence, Mr Okah is presently preparing for his appeal hearing.

Following widespread rumors and allegations of an attempted escape from prison custody while been denied a mouthpiece, our client is eager and of the opinion that it is important that the truth regarding his incarceration gets out to the wider public.

In the past fortnight, a lot has been said and written in mainstream and other international and social media about Mr Okah’s alleged escape attempt from prison custody, not so much as in the Nigerian press. Understandably, it is a source of irritation of a libelous nature to which our client is subject. It is categorically denied.

In the circumstances, we are instructed by our client in the subject matter above, for whoever may be interested in finding out the truth about Mr Okah’s incarceration in South Africa on his impending application to the Pretoria High court against the Minister of Correctional Services to be heard on Wednesday the 19th February at 10h00.

Mr Okah has faith in the South African judicial system to which his appeal is founded. It is on that basis that the above action is been brought against the conduct of some officials of the South African department of correctional services.

We reiterate that there was never an attempt on the part of Mr Okah to escape from prison custody or aid or assist any other inmates in any such related endeavors.

Our client further ceases this opportunity to extend a hand in
gratitude to a host of South African Universities with particularly reference to those professors and practitioners of International law for their interest shown in the matter of his appeal.

Lastly, Mr Okah finds particularly disingenuous comments attributed to Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark widely circulated in the Nigerian press and expressly denies that he or his brother, Charles Okah, had ever met Chief Raymond Dokpesi either prior to or after October 1st 2010.

We trust the above information to be of some use in assisting you in your professional obligation to portray a balanced reporting of views and events in this matter.


Idemudia Uriesi
Legal Representative to Mr Henry Okah

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