Success for local group
The Salisbury group, along with other groups around the world, has been campaigning on behalf of Moses Akatugba in Nigeria. He was accused of stealing three mobile phones and then subjected to torture and sentenced to death. Regrettably, torture has become endemic in Nigeria and police stations even appoint ‘torture officers’ to carry it out.
We have held many signings in Salisbury and a large number of cards were sent off to the Nigerian authorities. We are pleased to report that this campaigning effort has been a success and he has been granted a total pardon. Unusually, the Governor of Delta State mentioned the Amnesty campaign in his Facebook page.
Moses himself made a statement:
I am overwhelmed, I thank Amnesty International and their activists for the great support that made me a conqueror in this situation. Amnesty International and activists are my heroes.
I want to assure them that this great effort they have shown to me will not be in vain by the special grace of God I will live up to their expectation.
I promise to be a human rights activist, to fight for others. I am thanking the Governor for his kind gesture and for keeping to his words.
Further details of our campaign can be read on the fact sheet below;