Nigerian Singer Out of Prison
Songwriter and singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, an outspoken critic of military rule and corruption, was released from prison today.
The armed forces ruling council said that it had retired the judge who had sentenced Fela to five years in prison for trafficking in foreign currency. The 46-year-old Fela has a wide following in Africa, Europe and North America, and there had been many calls for his release since he was imprisoned in November, 1984. Amnesty International had declared him a prisoner of conscience.