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Goodluck Jonathan Clark to reunite Okah brothers with Ex-President, may drop N5bn libel suit

The brothers, who denied the terrorism allegation against them, have continued to criticise Jonathan, who had publicly accused them of plotting to assassinate him.

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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has announced that plans are ongoing by Edwin Clark, an Ijaw leader, to reunite the Okah brothers – Henry and Charles, with former President Goodluck Jonathan, The Cable reports.

The Okah brothers are standing trial for alleged terrorism following the 2010 independence day bombing in Abuja.

The brothers, who have denied the allegation, have continued to criticise Jonathan, who had publicly accused them of plotting to assassinate him.

“I saw a headline in one of the newspapers, saying MEND dumps Jonathan, did you see it?” Jonathan had asked during the flag off his re-election campaign in Lagos.

“The leader of MEND is Henry Okah, Okah is in prison in South Africa, not even in Nigeria, where they could have said I manipulated it. Okah is in the prison because on October 1 2010 when we were to celebrate our independence, our golden year of independence, Okah was procured by some Nigerians to assassinate me,” he added.

According to MEND, the bad blood between the Okah brothers and Jonathan may be coming to an end, as they are interested in withdrawing the threat to file a N5 billion libel suit against the former president.

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The group disclosed this n a statement issued on Sunday. September 4, by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo.

The statement said: “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) hereby welcomes and endorses the mediatory and conciliatory moves by Ijaw national leader Chief (Dr.) Edwin Kiagbodo Clark to reconcile the Okah brothers -Henry and Charles – with former President Goodluck Jonathan.” t

“Our endorsement is coming after Chief Clark held an exploratory meeting regarding amicable and peaceful resolution of the issue with the former President during the week, in Abuja.

“Chief Clark also invited and met separately with Counsel to the Okah brothers, Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, Esq., on September 1, 2016 in Abuja.

“The kernel of these meetings dwelt, essentially, on an out-of-court settlement of the FIVE BILLION NAIRA (N5B) libel suit against the former President. The meetings also dwelt on efforts to find sustainable solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis.

“We are indeed, sufficiently convinced that reconciliation between the Okah brothers, on the one hand; and former President Goodluck Jonathan, on the other hand; is in the overall interest of the Niger Delta region.

“More especially at this critical point when the region and its key actors and stakeholders must speak in unison so as to attract peace and development."

The group said a proper meeting with Jonathan and counsel to the Okah brothers would be summoned by Clark in the coming days to end the animosity once and for all.

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