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Nigeria: Further information on health concern for prisoner of conscience: Bashorun (Chief) Moshood K O Abiola, and new names: Dr Ore Falomo, Dr Charles Ugboma

, N° d'index: AFR 44/005/1995

Dr Falomo, Moshood Abiola's personal physician, was reportedly detained by the security police on 20 April 1995. He is being held incommunicado. No reason has been given for the arrest, but it is believed to be because he has recently publicized Moshood Abiolo'as deteriorating health and poor prison conditions. He is a prisoner of conscience. Another physician who has treated him, Dr Charles Ugboma, a police doctor, is also reported to have been arrested and is also being held incommunicado.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 44/05/95
Distr: UA/SC
24 April 1995
Further information on UA 282/94 (AFR 44/09/94, 21 July 1994) and follow-up
(AFR 44/04/95, 21 April 1995) - Health concern for prisoner of conscience
NIGERIABashorun (Chief) Moshood K.O. Abiola, 58, newspaper publisher and
businessman
new names: Dr Ore Falomo, Moshood Abiola's doctor
Dr Charles Ugboma, police doctor
Dr Ore Falomo, Moshood Abiola's personal physician, was reportedly detained
by the security police on 20 April 1995. Amnesty International is concerned
that he is a prisoner of conscience, detained for making public his fears for
Moshood Abiola's health in detention. He has been held incommunicado, his
family unable to contact him.
It appears that another doctor who has treated Moshood Abiola may also be in
detention: Dr Charles Ugboma, a police doctor, is reported to have been arrested
earlier and also held in incommunicado detention.
On 18 April the authorities reportedly asked Dr Falomo to visit Moshood Abiola,
in detention in Abuja, but, on his arrival on 20 April, arrested him. No reason
has been given for his arrest but it is believed to be because he has recently
publicized Moshood Abiola's deteriorating health and harsh conditions of
imprisonment.
He is probably detained under the terms of the State Security (Detention of
Persons) Decree, No. 2 of 1984, which allow the Chief of General Staff and
Inspector General of Police to order the detention of any person they consider
a threat to the security of the state for indefinitely renewable periods of
three months. There is no provision for any independent or judicial review
of such detentions, and in October 1994 the military government amended the
decree specifically to prohibit the courts from ordering detainees to be
produced before them, whether by writ of habeas corpus or by orders made under
the human rights provisions of the constitution.
Dr Falomo is a former Chairman of the Board at the Lagos University Teaching
Hospital and currently an executive member of the Lagos State branch of the
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). The NMA has been calling for Moshood
Abiola's release on medical grounds for several months; NMA representatives
and a government-appointed medical team who examined him in September and
October 1994 reported that he needed urgent medical investigations and
treatment.
PLEASE CONTINUE ACTION AS RECOMMENDED IN PREVIOUS FOLLOW-UP OF 21 APRIL AND
IN ADDITION, Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern at the reported arrest of Dr Ore Falomo and appealing
for his immediate and unconditional release on the grounds that he is a prisoner
of conscience, imprisoned for the non-violent expression of his views;
- seeking information about the reported incommunicado detention without charge
or trial of another doctor who has treated Moshood Abiola, Dr Charles Ugboma,
a police doctor.
APPEALS TO
2
General Sani Abacha
Chairman, Provisional Ruling Council
State House
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Telegrams: General Abacha, Abuja, Nigeria
Faxes: +234 95 232138
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
Alhaji Aminu Saleh
Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria
State House
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Telegrams: Alhaji Saleh, Abuja, Nigeria
Salutation: Dear Secretary
Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie
Inspector General of Police
Nigeria Police Force Headquarters
Garki, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Telegrams: Alhaji Coomasie, Abuja, Nigeria
Salutation: Dear Inspector General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Chief Tom Ikimi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PMB 130, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
Nigerian Medical Association (Lagos State)
PO Box 54796, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
The Editor, The News, PMB 21531, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
The Editor, Tell, PMB 21749, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
The Editor, Daily Times, PMB 21340, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
The Editor, Vanguard, PMB 1007, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria
The Editor, Nigerian Observer, PMB 1334, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
The Editor, Nigerian Tribune, POB 78, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
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 6 June 1995.

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