Campaign chief of ex-Nigerian military ruler released

15:45, October 05, 2010      

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Chairman of Africa's Independent Television (AIT) Raymond Dokpesi who was arrested by security operatives early Monday has been released, a security source told Xinhua.

Dokpesi, the director of former Nigerian military ruler Ibrahim Babangida's presidential election campaign was let go about 11:30 p.m. local time after being quizzed by men of the State Security Services (SSS).

Spokesperson for the SSS Marilyn Ogar could not be reached to confirm the development.

Dokpesi was invited and detained in connection with the bomb blast that almost marred the Nigeria 's Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The arrest came barely 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the nation's security was closing-in on those who sponsored Friday bombings in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Explosions during Nigeria's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations on Friday left at least 14 dead and many others injured.

According to top security sources, Dokpesi was being detained for interrogation by the security agencies, following a text message found in the phone of one of the arrested suspects.

Source: Xinhua


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