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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

, N° d'index: AFR 44/013/1993

N G Dube and Kobari Nwile were released on bail on 25 July 1993. Together with Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was released on bail on 22 July after receiving finally receiving medical treatment for a heart condition, the three are all prominent members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). They were arrested on 21 June 1993, and on 13 July were charged under the Criminal Code of Eastern Nigeria on six counts relating to unlawful assembly, seditious intention and seditious publication. Amensty International had considered all three to be prisoners of conscience, and continues to call for all charges against them to be dropped.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 44/13/93
Distr: UA/SC
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:
Daily Times The Guardian Newswatch
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.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 13 October 1993.

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