Target: President Goodluck Jonathan
Goal: Discover the location of Nigerian engineer, Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi
Family members of Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi are worried for his life after he was kidnapped in early April of 2014. It is believed that the kidnapping was in retaliation for pictures of a jail break in Abuja, Nigeria that he witnessed. The pictures detailed fighting between Nigerian security forces and detainees who were attempting to escape from the State Security Service (SSS) headquarters. Mr. Onimisi was working nearby at an electrical sub-station at the presidential compound when the fighting began. The battle between the security forces and detainees left 21 of the prisoners dead. Nigerian security forces are most likely to blame according to international human rights organizations. Onimisi must be found — the government security forces should immediately disclose his location and fate.
Armed men in street clothes took Mr. Onimisi away outside of his office. This has alarmed his family and human rights organizations, who fear the worst. The government has done nothing to verify Mr. Onimisi’s whereabouts. While the SSS has launched an investigation into the jailbreak, there have been no such investigations launched into people like Mr. Onimisi, who have been forcibly disappeared.
The SSS has a history of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances. This includes the recent execution of more than 600 escaped detainees from a military detention center in the middle of the country. This is, quite obviously, a massive violation of human rights and does not bode well for the fate of Mr. Onimisi. The government must do all that it can to halt these crimes and give the families of those forcibly disappeared the chance to heal. Sign this petition and demand the Nigerian government reveal the location of Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi.
Dear President Goodluck Jonathan,
The recent disappearance of electrical engineer Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi is a gross violation of international human rights law. Your government must do everything in your power to reveal the location of Mr. Onimisi. The State Security Service has a terrible history of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearance. This must be changed so that Nigeria may be a respected member of the international community.
Mr. Onimisi’s ‘crime’ was to post photos of a jailbreak on twitter. This is his human right to freedom of expression. Your government is sending a message to your people that their human rights are not worth the trouble. I ask that you immediately take action to halt the violation of human rights by your government and locate Mr. Onimisi.
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