Lawyer: Suspect In Nigeria Bombing Dies In Prison

By Salon Staff

Published March 4, 2012 12:09PM (EST)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A lawyer for one of the men accused of planning a 2010 dual car bombing in Nigeria's capital says his client has died while awaiting trial.

Festus Keyamo said Saturday in a statement that Tiemkenfa Francis Osvo, known as General Gbokos, died in a federal prison near Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Keyamo says Osvo's death came after repeated requests for medical care went unanswered.

Keyamo also said three other suspects also suffer from health problems after their cells were fumigated in January.

Federal prison spokesman Kayode Odeyemi did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta claimed responsibility for the car bombing Oct. 1, 2010. At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in the attack.

Salon Staff

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