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REGIONS:

Malaolu released



(WiPC/IFEX) - Journalist Niran Malaolu was released on 4 March 1999
following a general pardon issued by General Abdulsalam Abubakar,
Chairman
of the Provisional Ruling Council. A group of ninety-five prisoners
sentenced for their participation in an alleged coup attempt in 1997
have
all benefited from the same measure.





**Updates IFEX alerts of 4 March and 10 February 1999, 4 November, 14
October, 28 September, 22 September, 11 August, 7 August, 10 July, 2
July,
11 June, 10 June, 14 May, 30 April, 29 April, 13 March, 3 March, 26
February, 20 February, 17 February 1998, and 30 December 1997**

WiPC is able to confirm that journalist Malaolu was released yesterday,
Thursday 4 March, from Katsina prison and was able to travel to Kaduna.
Malaolu is expected to fly to Lagos later today where his family,
friends
and colleagues will meet him.

WiPC expects to have more news about Malaolu's state of health in a few
days
and will forward this information to the centres that have elected him
an
honorary member.

Now that Malaolu has been released there are, to WiPC’s knowledge, no
more
PEN cases imprisoned in Nigeria.



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