Sunday, 4 March 2012
Francis Osuwo was Killed by Nigerian Government For Refusing to Implicate Henry Okah: MEND
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) received without surprise, news of the death of Mr Francis Osuwo.
For refusing to cooperate with two Nigerian government informants, Raphael Damfebo, an employee of Agip and Mr Emmanuel Allison, an employee of Daewoo, Yenagoa, in testifying falsely against Henry Okah, Osuwo was arrested and accused of complicity in the M.E.N.D. bombing of 1 October, 2010.
Francis Osuwo and all other detainees in S.S.S. custody wrongly arrested in connection with our October 2010 attack on eagle square, Abuja, have been held under the most appalling conditions and exposed to toxic fumes in their cells. Francis Osuwo died as a result of such exposure and neglect by his jailors. His body was smuggled out of Kuje prison, Abuja, yesterday, March 3, 2012, to an unknown destination, shortly before midnight.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.