By Innocent Anaba
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urgedÂ the Acting Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights, Commissioner, Bahame Nyanduga, to restrain Libya fraom executing Nigerians on death row in that country.
In a request for provisional measures by SERAPâ€™s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, the organisation asked the African Commission to urgently invoke Article 111 (Rule of Procedure) authority to request that Libya adopt provisional measures in order to stop the irreparable damage that would be caused to the complainants and their African charter rights.
â€œWe have received credible information from the complainants that their mental and physical conditions are deteriorating. Some of the complainants have told SERAP that â€œOur condition is not conducive and our health is deteriorating.
We donâ€™t know if it is food poison. We have been made scapegoats by the Libyan authorities and forced to modern slavery. Despite our conditions, we are forced to work for them. We have been charged for crime we donâ€™t know or have not committed,â€ said the organisation, quoting some of the complainants.
Another Complainant told SERAP that â€œI have spent 7 years in the prison and now on death row without knowing my offence.
There are many like me with similar problem. We want the world to know the atrocities which are being committed. Our Nigerian embassy here has contributed to the problem. As a Nigerian, you cannot step your foot on the consular gate.
Since my 7 years in prison, I havenâ€™t seen the Nigerian embassy visiting its people. In 2007, we went on a one week- hunger strike demanding a visit by our embassy. All efforts were in vain. Our embassy officials are only interested in signing death certificates.â€
The organisation listed the names of the complainants who are â€œon death row and in prisons across Libya under very harsh and dehumanising conditionsâ€ to include: Adepoju Adebowale; Abdulah Usman; David Okiki Awolabi; Micky Remi; Okuronbo Osazemhide; Gani Olu; Livingstone Kennedy; Ikeoma; Ogurapulu Richard; Don Emmanuel Nwaeueje; James Amala; Declan Nnamdi; Emmanuel Ude; Moses Anigbogu; Ogoubamu; Okhwku Moha; John Andrew; Jude Idahosa; Juliana Okolo, and Luke Ejike.
According to the organisation also said that â€œLibya is a state party to the African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights and currently holds the chairmanship of the African Union.
Similarly, Libyaâ€™s Great Green Charter of Human Rights promised that â€œall human beings will be free and equal in the exercise of power,â€ but human rights of citizens and foreign nationals, including Nigerians continue to be violated with impunity.
The complainants have been deprived of their liberty and other fair trial rights and unless the African Commission urgently intervenes, their right to life may be irreparably violated.â€