Document - Nigeria: Further information on unfair trial / death penalty / prisoner of conscience / legal concern / health concern: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dr Barinem Kiobel, Saturday Dobee, Paul Levura, Nordu Eawo, Felix Nuate, Daniel Gbokoo, John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera

EXTERNALAI Index: AFR 44/29/95


8 November 1995


Further information on UA 200/94 (AFR 44/03/94, 24 May 1994) and follow-ups (AFR 44/07/94, 27 June 1994, AFR 44 25/95, 31 October 1995) - Unfair trial / Death penalty / Prisoners of conscience / Legal Concern / Health Concern


NIGERIAKen Saro-Wiwa, writer and environmentalist, President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)

Dr Barinem Kiobel, former Rivers STate Commissioner (minister)

Saturday Dobee

Paul Levura

Nordu Eawo

Felix Nuate

Daniel Gbokoo

John Kpuinen, student

Baribor Bera, farmer



On 8 November 1995 the Provisional Ruling Council unanimously confirmed the death sentences imposed on the nine men named above. Amnesty International fears their execution, by hanging, is imminent and is urgently appealing for their execution not to take place.


The men were convicted of murder on 30 and 31 October 1995 after grossly unfair and politically motivated trials and had no right to appeal. Amnesty International believes at least two of them - Ken Saro-Wiwa and Dr Barinem Kiobel - are prisoners of conscience, imprisoned for the non-violent expression of their political opinions.


Unconfirmed reports indicate that Ken Saro-Wiwa has been moved to a secret place of detention. It is not known if the other prisoners have been moved.


For further information, please refer to Nigeria: The Ogoni trials and detentions, 15 September 1995 (AFR 44/20/95).


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

- expressing deep concern at the confirmation of the death sentences against Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other men;

- urgently appealing that the death sentences not be carried out.


APPEALS TO:


General Sani Abacha

Chairman, Provisional Ruling Council

State House

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Telegrams: General Abacha, Abuja, Nigeria

Faxes: +234 9 523 2138

Telexes: (0905) 91529 or 91530 EXTNAL NG

Salutation: Dear General


Lieutenant-General D. Oladipo Diya

Vice-Chairman, Provisional Ruling

Council and Chief of General Staff

State House

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Telegrams: Lieutenant-General Diya, Abuja, Nigeria

Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General


COPIES TO:


Chief Tom Ikimi

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Maputo Street

PMB 130, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria


Lieutenant-Colonel Dauda Musa Komo

State Military Administrator

Government House

91000 Port Harcourt

Rivers State, Nigeria


The Editor, The News, PMB 21531, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

The Editor, Tell, PMB 21749, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

The Editor, Vanguard, PMB 1007, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria

The Editor, The Guardian, PMB 1217, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria

The Editor, Nigerian Tide,PMB 5072, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

The Editor, Point, 222 Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

The Editor, Sunray, 220 Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria


and to diplomatic representatives of Nigeria accredited to your country.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.

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