Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why Saro-Wiwa Was Hanged-Bayelsa SSS Boss

Daily Trust
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 United Kingdom for a declaration of a federated state.

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.

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