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Last gasp attempt to save Delta death row inmate

28 May 2015, 20:53

Lagos - Amnesty International is involved in last-minute attempt to reverse the death sentence imposed on a 24-year-old inmate for murder.

A day before Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan vacates office, Amnesty appealed to the premier to commute Moses Akatugba’s sentence.

According to the human rights group, Akatugba, then a student, was just 16 years old when he was arrested under suspicion of armed robbery in Nigeria.

It is reported soldiers shot him in the hand and beat him on the head before taking him to the police station where he was repeatedly before he was forced to sign pre-written confessions.

Last year, Akatugba  was sentenced to death, after eight years awaiting trial in prison.

Also read: Don't scrap amnesty programme, Yoruba youths beg Buhari

It is said the sentence was based only on his forced confession and the testimony of the robbery victim, which was full of contradictions.

“Under international law, Moses never should have been sentenced to death, as he was a child at the time of the crime. But the criminal justice system in Nigeria is weak, blighted by corruption and human rights violations. The use of torture is widespread and widely reported, but most of the cases are not investigated,” said Adotei Akwei, Managing Director of Government Relations at Amnesty International

Seven months ago, activists sent 500 000 messages in support of Akatugba.

“Governor Uduaghan pledged to look into his case. But Uduaghan's term in office ends on May 29 –tomorrow. It's imperative that he commute Moses'

sentence before he leaves office,” said Akwei.




- CAJ News


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