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Fatima Usman (35 years old) and Ahmadu Ibrahim (37 years old)

  Nigeria

Sentenced to death by stoning

 


Theyr story

Fatima and her boyfriend Ahmadu's case is quite a controversial issue. They were charged of extra-marital sex and they were earlier sentenced to five years in jail, according to the Niger State's secular legal code. But later her father asked Islamic authorities in the New Gawu Area Court (Niger State) a grant for the couple's would-be born child. To his surprise their only answer was a sentence to death by stoning "in absentia" for Fatima and Ahmadu, as Islamic law provides for adultery cases. Nevertheless, Federal Prison authorities recognized only the first sentence and did not allow the release of the young couple to the Islamic court. They are now waiting for an appeal hearing to be set. Meanwhile, the Islamic judge who issued the capital sentence left his office. So many further doubts are rising about the legal rightness of the death sentence pending on them.

 

The appeal to save Fatima and Ahmadu 

The Community of Sant'Egidio invites everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare Fatima and Ahmadu's lives from a death sentence by stoning, sending the following statement to the competent authorities of Nigeria, as it occurred in the past, by fax or e-mail.

 

URGENT APPEAL BROUGHT IN BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIVES OF FATIMA USMAN AND AHMADU IBRAHIM, SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING

 Your Excellencies

We are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling issued by the Islamic court of New Gawu that sentenced to death by stoning Ms. Fatima Usman and Mr. Ahmadu Ibrahim under the charge of  pre-marital sex.

We urge you to intervene on their behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment from being meted out against them.

We implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.

Respectfully Yours

(signature and date)

 

You can send the following petition to the Nigerian Authorities (using the E-mail of the President of the Republic [email protected]    or [email protected] ) or by means of the  - Send the appeal   

 

Embassies of Nigeria in your country,  fax or  e-mail and also c.c. to some Nigerian newpapers:

The Comet  E-mail: [email protected]  - Send the appeal   

This Day E-mail: [email protected] - Send the appeal   

 

Ambasciata della Repubblica di Nigeria presso lo Stato Italiano

Via Orazio 18 – 00193 Roma - fax: 06.6832528 - 
E-mail: [email protected] -
Send the appeal   

Rappresentanza diplomatica della Nigeria presso l'Unione Europea:

NIGÉRIA  (RÉPUBLIQUE FÉDÉRALE DU NIGÉRIA)

Chancellerie diplomatique:

av. de Tervuren 288

B-1150 Bruxelles

Tel.: +32-2 762 52 00 - 762 98 47

Fax: +32-2 762 37 63

 

AMBASCIATA NIGERIANA PRESSO GLI STATI UNITI

NIGERIAN EMBASSY WASHINGTON, DC CONTACTS:

Ambassador

His Excellency, Professor Jibril M. Aminu

Tel: (202) 986-8414; Fax: (202) 986-8449

[email protected] - Send the appeal   

 

rappresentanza permanente presso le N.U.

Nigeria - Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

828 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017

Telephone: (212) 953-9130, Telefax: (212) 697-1970

 

Mission permanente de la République fédérale du Nigéria auprès de l'Office des Nations Unies et des autres organisations internationales à Genève

Rue Richard Wagner 1

1211 Genève 2

Téléphone : 730 14 14, 730 14 15, 730 14 16

Télécopieur : 734 10 53

Courrier élect. : [email protected] - Send the appeal