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