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Jailed Nigerian Editor Released

April 28, 1998

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ The managing editor of an outspoken Nigerian news magazine was released from prison Monday after six months in detention.

Authorities gave no explanation why Onome Osifo-Whiskey was released, nor did they explain his imprisonment, during which he was never charged with a crime.

Osifo-Whiskey, however, said he believed he was arrested and held after his magazine, Tell, ran a story last year that said Nigeria’s military leader Gen. Sani Abacha was in poor health.

The editor-in-chief of the magazine has been living in self-imposed exile after armed security agents raided his home last year.

Osifo-Whiskey is the third journalist in recent days to be released by the military junta. Last week Soji Omotunde, the editor of African Concord magazine, and one of his reporters were released from prison in the capital, Abuja.

Nigeria’s repressive military regime routinely jails journalists who step out of line in their criticism of the government, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says.

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