augustineememuststaycampaign | 25.03.2008 16:09
(Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra), an un-armed nonviolent movement that advocates a separate state of Biafra.
The Government of Nigeria the banned MASSOB in 2001.Augustine was detained and tortured following attendance of a MASSOB meeting in Nigeria.
‘’I came to the UK in September,2006.I was declared wanted by the Nigerian authorities for belonging to MASSOB and funding MASSOB activities…My junior brother who is also a MASSOB member has been killed…and my wife and two children were taken away and they are nowhere to be found till date…I have been detained and tortured and now I have been declared wanted…if I go back to Nigeria, I be definitely prosecuted and tortured, if not killed….I came to the United Kingdom in September,2006 and as I did not know the law and how to seek asylum, I was deceived by somebody who told me that claiming asylum is expensive and that I need to work before claiming asylum and he gave me document to work and I was eventually caught, detained and I pleaded guilty and imprisoned….my life is more important to me because I will be killed if I go back’’.
Extracts from the Home Office Operational Guidance Note on Nigeria (issued 18
January 2007) ;
"In the southeast over 600 people were arrested and detained during 2005 on
suspicion of being members of MASSOB"
"... those that take part in illegal demonstrations or other illegal activities [eg raising the
“Biafra” flag or being in possession of “Biafra” currency] may face arrest and
prosecution for any offences that have been committed"
"Demonstrations in September 2005, following Biafra Day on 26 August 2005, claimed
a reported 6 lives although other local reports indicated as many as 200 may have
been killed by police. Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of the group, was arrested in
October 2005 along with 6 of his deputies on treason charges."
"According to MASSOB figures, more than 100 MASSOB supporters were in detention
as of March 2006"
The most important thing here is Augustine’s life, and that of his family. Please, help stop his deportation.
What you can do to help!
1.) Please send urgent faxes immediately to Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Augustine Eme be granted protection in the UK. Please, send the attached model letter or write your own letter (if you do so, please remember to include the HO ref E1072405).
Fax: 020 7035 3262 (00 44 20 7035 3262 if you are faxing from outside UK)
2) Fax Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer British Airways and urge him not to carry out the forced removal of Augustine Eme.You can copy, amend or write your own version - please include all the following details: "Forced Removal of Augustine Eme, on British Airways Flight BA 075 from Heathrow Airport @ 12:50 on Thursday, 27th March 2008" Remember to add your name, address, city, country, post code, telephone number & e-mail.
Fax: 020 8759 4314 - from outside the UK + 44 20 8759 4314
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