18th October, 2010
Human rights activist and chairman of National Conscience Party, Mr. Femi Falana, has petitioned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia over the unlawful imprisonment ofÂ the founder and director of African In Democracy and Good Governance (ADG) Mr.Â Edwin Nebolisa Nwakaeme.
He was arrested and jailed by the Gambia government over allegation ofÂ giving false information to the office of the Gambian president.
Nwakaeme was arrested, detainedÂ and subsequentlyÂ tried followingÂ a letter written by his organisation to the daughter of the president inviting her to a workshop to celebrate the World Day Against Child Abuse, as a special guest.
On the basis of the invitation, he was arrested on 22 February 2010 by the Immigration Department but was released three days later.
He was however re-arrested on 1 March and charged with the offence of â€œgiving false information to the office of the Presidentâ€ before a Magistrateâ€™s Court in Banjul, The Gambia.
According to Falana, it was wrong for the Gambian goverment to have prosecuted and imprisoned a Nigerian citizen for giving false information to the presidentâ€™s daughter who is not a public officer.
Falana said that the arrest and consequent imprisonment of Nwakaeme by the Gambian goverment was a miscarriage of justice andÂ urgedÂ the minister toÂ use his good offices to ensure hisÂ immediate release.