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Nigeria: Further information on fear of ill-treatment

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 44/007/2000

On 18 April 2000 Ledum Mitee, Saturday Namon and Lucky Zorgbee were charged with arson and attempted arson in a Magistrate's Court in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, and released on bail to await trial.

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 44/07/00
THIS IS A LIMITED ACTION. PLEASE RESTRICT APPEALS TO FIVE PER SECTION.
19 April 2000
Further information on EXTRA 40/00 (AFR 44/05/00, 14 April 2000) - Fear of
ill-treatment
NIGERIAPastor Monday Gbonabe]
Saturday Namon]
Sunday Namon]
Stephen Oomii] Arrested 11 April
Friday Tenalo ]
Pastor Deebari Zortee]
Lucky Zorgbaa ]
Ledum Mitee, lawyer, former prisoner of conscience and President of the Movement
for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), arrested 13 April
2000
Barinaadua Jungle Gbaraka, aged 18, shot dead by police
On 18 April 2000 Ledum Mitee, Saturday Namon and Lucky Zorgbee were charged
with arson and attempted arson in a Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, capital
of Rivers State, and released on bail to await trial.
The charges are in connection with a police raid on K-Dere village on 11 April
in Ogoniland, southeast Nigeria. Police officers were alleged to have shot
dead a youth, Barinaadua Jungle Gbaraka, and, after at least eight officers
were seriously injured, to have burned down homes, including that of Ledum
Mitee. Arson and attempted arson are punishable by sentences of life
imprisonment and 14 years’ imprisonment respectively. No pleas were taken and
the case was adjourned to May.
Ledum Mitee, lawyer, former prisoner of conscience and President of the Movement
for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has strongly denied the charges
as politically-motivated. Saturday Namon and Lucky Zorgbaa were reportedly
re-arrested by police after being released on bail but later the same day freed
after negotiations.
The other Ogoni detainees arrested on 11 April are reportedly being held in
harsh and cramped conditions. They are reported to have been beaten after
being arrested and to have been denied medical treatment for their injuries.
Under Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, they should have been charged or released
within 24 hours of their arrest. Saturday Namon and Lucky Zorgbaa are reported
to have been severely beaten by police in detention; their injuries were
reportedly visible when they appeared in court.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release on bail of Ledum Mitee, Saturday Namon and Lucky Zorgbaa
and urging that other residents of K-Dere arrested on 11 April who are still
detained be released if they are not to be immediately charged and fairly tried,
as required under the Constitution;
- urging that those still in custody be safeguarded from ill-treatment, held
in conditions which conform to international standards and given necessary
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medical treatment, and allowed full access to their lawyers, families and
doctors;
- reiterating calls for a thorough and impartial investigation into the
circumstances in which the police raided K-Dere on 11 April 2000, in order
to identify those killed or injured and recommend whether any human rights
violations or other unlawful acts should be investigated with a view to
prosecution of those responsible.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency Dr Peter Odili, State Governor, Government House
91000 Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Telegrams:Governor, Rivers State, Nigeria
Tel/fax: + 234 84 231323
Salutation:Your Excellency
Commissioner for Justice, c/o Government House
91000 Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Telegrams:Commissioner Justice, Rivers State, Nigeria
Tel/fax: c/o State Governor +234 84 231323 (marked for attention Commissioner
for Justice)
Salutation:Dear Commissioner
Sir Kieran Z. Dudari, Commissioner of Police
State Intelligence and Investigation Bureau (SIIB)
State Police Command Headquarters
Hospital Road, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Telegrams:Commissioner Police, Rivers State, Nigeria
Faxes:+ 234 84 233249 (marked for attention Commissioner of Police)
Salutation:Dear Commissioner of Police
COPIES TO:
General (retired) David Jemibewon
Minister for Police Affairs, New Federal Secretariat Complex
Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area District
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Faxes:c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs +234 9 523 0208 / 0394
or c/o President’s Press Office + 234 9 523 2136
(marked for attention Minister of Police Affairs)
E-mails:president.obasanjo@nigeriagov.org
(marked for attention Minister of Police Affairs)
and to diplomatic representatives of Nigeria accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 May 2000.

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