Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan
Office of the Governor
Asaba, Delta State
Your Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan,
Allow me to turn to you the case of Moses Akatugba. When Moses was only 16 years old, he was arrested and tortured. He reports being beaten by the police, shot in the hand, and hung for hours at the station. Moses states he only signed the confession agreeing he was involved in a robbery because of the torture, and maintains his assertion of innocence. In November 2013, after eight years of waiting for a verdict, Moses was sentenced to death.
No one should experience this level of brutality and no one should be pressured to confess through torture. Nigeria's constitution prohibits torture.
Therefore, I call on you, Mr. Governor, to:
• Commute Moses Akatugba's death sentence;
• Institute an independent investigation into Moses Akatugba’s allegations of torture by the police in Delta State.