UA: 140/11 Index: AFR 44/008/2011 Nigeria Date: 12 May 2011
WHERABOUTS OF PRISONER UNKNOWN
Aliyu Tasheku has spent over seven months in police detention in Nigeria. He has been
complaining of ill health and has been denied access to a doctor. Aliyu Tasheku was last seen on
11 May. He is being held in incommunicado detention and his whereabouts are now unknown.
Amnesty International believes he may be at risk of extrajudicial execution.
Aliyu Tasheku was detained by police on 20 September 2010 in Borno state and subsequently transferred to the
Criminal Investigations Department, Area 10 police station in Abuja, where he was held in police detention without
being charged for over seven months. This is contrary to article 35 of Nigeria's Constitution, which guarantees the
right to be brought before a court of law within 24 or 48 hours.
On 28 March 2011, Aliyu Tasheku was granted bail by Chief Magistrate 1 at Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High
Court, Abuja after lawyers acting on his behalf initiated Habeas Corpus proceedings, challenging the lawfulness of
Aliyu Tasheku’s detention and requesting his appearance in court. However, he was not released. Instead, Aliyu
Tasheku was transferred back to Maiduguri, Borno state on 4 May, where he remained in police detention at
Government Reserved Area (GRA) police station until 11 May.
On 12 May human rights defenders enquiring about Aliyu Tasheku were told by police at GRA police station that he
was no longer there. The police refused to disclose his whereabouts saying only that he had been "taken to an
unknown place". Aliyu Tasheku is being denied access to anyone outside his place of detention, including his
lawyers, doctor, family or friends.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English or your own language:
Express concern for the safety of Aliyu Tasheku;
Demand that the police immediately disclose the whereabouts of Aliyu Tasheku and grant him access to relatives,
doctors and lawyers without delay;
Demand the police immediately comply with the Order of the Magistrate Court by granting him bail;
Call on the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate whether Aliyu
Tasheku has been subjected to serious human rights abuses and hold those responsible accountable.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 23 JUNE 2011 TO:
Inspector General of Police
Loius Edet House
Shehu Shagari Way
Area 11 Garki
Salutation: Dear Inspector General
Borno state Commissioner of Police
GRA Police Station
Shehu Laminu Way
Near Government House
Borno state. Nigeria
Salutation: Dear Commissioner
And copies to:
Attorney General of the Federation
and Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
New federal secretariat Complex
Floor Shehu Shagari Way
PMB 192 Garki
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above