Monday, November 10, 2014

His Excellency 
Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan
Governor of Delta State,
Officer of the Governor,
Government House, Asaba,
Delta State,

His Excellency,

I am writing to urge you to commute Moses Akatugba’s sentence so he does not face death.

On 27 November 2005, Moses Akatugba was arrested by the Nigerian army and, he says, shot in the hand, beaten on the head and back, and then charged with stealing mobile phones. He says they tied him and hung him up for several hours, and then used pliers to pull out his toe and finger nails. He was then forced to sign two pre-written confessions. Last year, he was sentenced to death for armed robbery, a crime he says he did not commit.

Moses was 16 when he was arrested, and 24 when he was sentenced to death. His claims of torture have still not been investigated, even though Nigeria's constitution prohibits torture. Moreover, under international law, he should not have been sentenced to death, as he was a child at the time of the crime. I therefore demand that you commute Moses Akatugba’s sentence so he does not face death, and fully investigate Moses’ allegations that he was tortured.

Yours sincerely,

Md. Hasanuzzaman Talukdar


International Member and Volunteer Facilitator
International Secretariat of Amnesty International 

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