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4 December 2003

National Secretariat:

162, Ipaja Road, Agege, Lagos.

P.O. Box 2225, Agege, Lagos. Nigeria

Tel: 01-8046603

E-mail: dsmcentre@hotmail.com

Website: www.socialistnigeria.org

 

 

4th December, 2003

Drop the Charges: Six Arrested Activists Granted Bail, Case adjourned to 16th January 2004

The six labour and human rights activists who were arrested by the Nigerian police on Wednesday 3 December at the rally organized in Lagos by the United Action for Democracy (UAD) were released on bail on Thursday.

The six were brought before a Lagos Magistrate court on Thursday morning and had three charges preferred against them by the police: unlawful assembly, disturbance of the peace and seditious publication. The magistrate decided to grant them bail and adjourned the case to 16th January, 2004.

The six activists are:

* Bamidele Aturu (National convener of UAD)

* Dagga Tolar (Editor of Socialist Democracy, the newspaper of Democratic

Socialist Movement (DSM), the Nigerian Section of the Committee for A

Workers International,[CWI])

* Jossy Anuah (a member of DSM)

* Wale Balogun (a National Conscience Party activist and the party's

candidate for the chairmanship of Lagos Mainland Local Government )

* Joel Emerole (member of Democratic Alternative)

* Kamilu Mustapha (member of Youth Democratic Front)

The police are using the DSM newspapers which were sold at the rally as their key material evidence against the activists. In the third charge against the activists, the police accused them of having "published a seditious publication in the form of banner and article in copies of a newspaper entitled ‘Socialist Democracy’ in which you incite the public to take mass action against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for some of its policies like hike in fuel prices, deregulation and

privatisation, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 51(1)(c) of the criminal code cap 17 laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003".

The struggle to secure complete freedom for the unjustly accused activists continues. We are demanding the total withdrawal of the frivolous and undemocratic charges against them.

We call on workers, youth, human rights and pro-democracy activists, socialists, trade unions in Nigeria and internationally to demand the withdrawal of charges, an end to the repression of activists and trade unions and the wanton violation of democratic rights of assembly, association and expression by the Nigerian government.

Send protest letters to:

(i) The Inspector General of Police,

Nigeria Police Headquarters,

Federal Capital Territory,

Abuja, Nigeria

(ii) The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,

Lagos State Ministry of Justice,

Alausa, Ikeja,

Lagos, Nigeria

(iii) Nigerian Embassies across the world

Send a copy of the letter to DSM through dsmcentre@hotmail.com

 

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