Henry Okah, the leader of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), attempted to break out of prison.
Henry is currently serving a 24-year jail term for terrorism in South Africa.
A spokesman for South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services, confirmed the news to reporters. “I can confirm that Okah is one of the five inmates that attempted to escape and whose efforts were foiled.” Vanguard reports
Last year, Henry Okah was convicted and sentenced on 13-count charge of terrorism, including bombings that killed 12 people in Abuja during the 50th Independence anniversary.
Other inmates who tried to escape, were serving life sentences – murder, robbery and kidnapping. Security has since been tightened.
Henry was arrested, tried and jailed in South Africa where he has permanent residency.