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.
The four prominent Ogoni leaders, who were allegedly killed on the orders of Saro-Wiwa and his group, included Chief Edward N. Kobani and Chief Albert T. Badey. The four assassinated people became widely referred to as the ‘Ogoni four.’
In the lecture entitled, “Terrorism and National Security, The Role of the Citizen”, the SSS boss also decried the over-celebration of terrorist acts in news reports.
He also urged the media to exercise restraint in their daily reporting of activities of the criminal in order not heightened tension and fear among the members of the public.