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Activists triumphant as Akatugba is released

29 May 2015, 17:51

Lagos - Amnesty International hailed the influence of human rights activists after former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, pardoned Moses Akatugba and three other inmates that were facing the death sentence. 

Over the last year, more than 500 000 activists had petitioned the administration having taken a stand in support of Akatugba, who was imprisoned in Nigeria at 16 years old, tortured and later sentenced to death on suspicion of armed robbery. He has always insisted on his innocence.

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On Thursday, Amnesty activists put renewed pressure on Uduaghan, to free Akatugba before the governor's term ends Friday. 

We learned yesterday afternoon that Moses was granted a full pardon. In addition to pardoning Moses, Governor Uduaghan also commuted the death sentences of three others. It is truly only with the voices of activists that incredible victories like this can be achieved, said Adotei Akwei, Managing Director of Government Relations at Amnesty International.

Activists took a stand, and now, Moses will walk free. Three others will not face death sentences in Nigeria. Together, we have taken steps to elevate cases like Moses¹-cases that often go unresolved and uninvestigated- and are making strides to #StopTorture in Nigeria and throughout the world.²

Akatugba has been imprisoned for ten long years. ­

- CAJ News


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