July 26, 2017

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Facing Intimidation (Nigeria: UA 181.17)


Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August. Amnesty International is concerned that this is an attempt to intimidate him.

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Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August. Amnesty International is concerned that this is an attempt to intimidate him.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Inspector General of Police to immediately investigate the harassment of Maurice Fangnon, including his arrest;
  • Calling on the government to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the allegations of arson, murder, assault, forced eviction and willful destruction of property, which took place in the Otodo-Gbame community.

Contact these two officials by 6 September, 2017:

Governor of Lagos State
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
Twitter: @AkinwunmiAmbode
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Akinwunmi.Ambode
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: http://akinwunmiambode.com/contact-us/
Salutation: Your Excellency

Chargé d’Affaires Hakeem Balogun
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
3519 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 986-8400 (ext. 100 for Balogun)
Fax: (202) 362-6541
Email: [email protected] -or- [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Counsellor

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 181.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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