Document - Further information on UA 238/93 (AFR 44/07/93, 20 July; and follow-up AFR 44/12/93, 16 August) - Nigeria: health concern / legal concern: Ken Saro- Wiwa, N.G. Dube, Kobari Nwile









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1 September 1993


Further information on UA 238/93 (AFR 44/07/93, 20 July 1993 and follow-up: AFR 44/12/93, 16 August 1993) - Health Concern/Legal Concern


NIGERIA:Ken Saro-Wiwa, writer and spokesperson for the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)

N.G. Dube, member of MOSOP

Kobari Nwile, member of MOSOP




Amnesty International has learned that N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile were released on bail on 25 July 1993.


Ken Saro-Wiwa, N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile, who are prominent members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), were arrested in Port Harcourt, eastern Nigeria, on 21 June 1993 in connection with their activities on behalf of the Ogoni community. On 13 July they were charged under the Criminal Code of Eastern Nigeria on six counts relating to unlawful assembly, seditious intention and seditious publication. They were refused bail and remanded in custody until 20 September. While in custody, Ken Saro-Wiwa's health deteriorated after he was denied regular medication for his heart condition. Requests from his doctor for his admittance to a hospital were initially turned down, despite an order issued by the High Court in Port Harcourt on 17 July authorizing his transfer from prison to hospital. On 19 July he was finally transferred to Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and bail was granted on 22 July. On 25 July N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile were also released on bail.


Amnesty International believes that Ken Saro-Wiwa, N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile were arrested and charged because of their peaceful political activities and continues to call for all charges against them to be dropped.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters either in English or your own language:


- welcoming the release on bail of N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile;


- expressing concern that Ken Saro-Wiwa, N.G. Dube and Kobari Nwile were arrested and charged because of their non-violent opposition to the government;


- calling for all charges against them to be dropped as, if convicted, they would be prisoners of conscience.


APPEALS TO:

1) Chief Ernest Shonekan

Head of the Interim Federal

Executive Council

State House

Abuja

Federal Capital Territory

Nigeria

Telegrams: Ernest Shonekan, State House, Abuja, Nigeria

Telexes: [0905] 91529 or 91530 EXTNAL NG (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Salutation: Dear Mr Shonekan


2) Mr Clement Akpamgbo

Attorney General of the Federation,

Secretary for Justice

Ministry of Justice

Abuja

Federal Capital Territory

Nigeria

Telegrams: Attorney General Akpamgbo, Abuja, Nigeria

Telexes: [0905] 91529 or 91530 EXTNAL NG (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Salutation: Dear Attorney General


3) Mr Rufus Ada George

State Governor

Government House

91000 Port Harcourt

Rivers State, Nigeria

Telegrams: State Governor Rufus Ada George, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Salutation: Dear Governor


4) Mr Acho Ogbonna

Attorney General and Commissioner

for Justice

State Commission for Justice

POB 5020

Ikwerre Road

91000 Port Harcourt

Rivers State, Nigeria

Telegrams: State Attorney General Acho Ogbonna, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Salutation: Dear Attorney General


AND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:

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PMB 21340 PMB 1217 PMB 21499

Ikeja, Lagos Oshodi, Lagos Ikeja, Lagos

Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria


and to diplomatic representatives of Nigeria accredited to your country.


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