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31 July 2006

Barrett expresses concern about arrests of Zamfara State government officials

Responding to reports that a number of Zamfara State (in Nigeria) senior government officials have been detained by Nigerian Government authorities without charge for more than two weeks, John Barrett, MP for Edinburgh West and member of the International Development Select Committee said:

“I would like to express my serious concern about the manner in which these events have been conducted. No formal charges have been made against any of the individuals concerned.

“This action is wholly improper and lacking in legitimacy, and has the potential to lead to a breach of security and peace in Nigeria and could undermine the Government’s economic and political reform programme and international reputation. All the circumstances surrounding these events do appear to point towards a serious breach of the human rights of the individuals concerned.

“There have been no formal charges against any of these individuals and no evidence of wrong-doing has been offered and I request that the Nigerian Government take immediate action to correct this serious and dangerous situation which they have allowed to occur.”

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