Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Nigeria man, believed dead by his family, has been released from police custody on bail after seven years in detention without charge

Ugochukwu Nwaokporo, now 24, was arrested in 2001, just after he arrived in the capital, Abuja, his family say. He was tortured and shot in the leg by police in an attempt to force him to confess to armed robbery, he says. A year later his parents say that they were told Mr Nwaokporo was dead and did not know he was still being held. The Nigerian police have been the subject of several reports by international human rights organisations who say they are guilty of arbitrary imprisonment, summarily executing detainees and routine torture.

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