Stop Torture: Nigeria must commute Moses Akatugba's death sentence and prevent torture

When he was only 16 years old, Moses Akatugba was arrested and tortured in Nigeria. He reports being beaten by the police, shot in the hand, and hung for hours at the station. Moses asserts his innocence, stating he only signed a confession agreeing he was involved in a robbery because of the torture to which he was subjected. In November 2013, after eight years of waiting for a verdict, Moses was sentenced to death. Call for Moses’ death sentence to be commuted, for his torture to be investigated, and for Nigeria to allow human rights monitors access to its prisons. Read More

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Message Recipients: Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State
When he was only 16 years old, Moses Akatugba was arrested and tortured. He reports being beaten by the police, shot in the hand, and hung for hours at the station.

Moses asserts his innocence, claiming he only signed a confession agreeing he was involved in a robbery because of the torture to which he was subjected. In November 2013, after eight years of waiting for a verdict, Moses was sentenced to death.

No one should experience such brutality. No one should be pressured to confess through torture. And no one under the age of eighteen at the time of the alleged criminal offence should be sentenced to death.

We call on you to:
• Commute Moses Akatugba's death sentence
• Institute an independent investigation into Moses Akatugba’s allegations of torture by the police in Delta State
• Allow human rights monitors to access detention facilities run by security forces and increase monitoring visits to detention facilities run by the police, military and other government authorities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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