5 October 2011
Yenagoa — Late Ken Saro-wiwa was hanged because he had concluded plans to cede the Niger Delta region from the rest of the federation and to create a separate country of his own, Bayelsa State Director of State Security Service, Andrew Iyaji, has said.
The SSS director made the revelation yesterday while delivering a lecture at this year
's Bayelsa State Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) 's press week held at the council hall in Yenagoa.
Iyaji disclosed that the late Saro-Wiwa and eight others had acquired a standing army, designed a national flag, a national anthem and other security items that were to be handed over to the
for a declaration of a federated state. United Kingdom
He said it was popularly believed that the man was executed following his struggle to emancipate the Ogoni people of his native
. Rivers State
Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were hanged during the Abacha regime after a tribunal found them guilty of the murder of four prominent Ogoni leaders who were accused of betraying the cause of their people.