Taylor's extradition sought

Nairobi: Justice appeared to have caught up with Charles Taylor, the former warlord turned President of Liberia, on Friday when Nigeria confirmed it had received a request from the Liberian Government to extradite him. Mr. Taylor (58), was forced into exile in Nigeria three years ago under a peace deal ending 14 years of civil war. Shortly before he stepped down he was indicted for war crimes by an international tribunal in Sierra Leone, where he backed a rebel group notorious for hacking off the hands and feet of civilians. Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has faced growing international pressure to bring to justice the man many Liberians blame for fuelling a civil war that cost a quarter of a million lives, left the country in ruins, and spilled over into neighbouring states.