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25th May 2015, 14:15:22 UTC

Moses Akatugba has been pardoned. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Governor of Delta State, has granted a total pardon to Moses Akatugba, who was sentenced to death by hanging for stealing mobile phones. The news of his release comes days after thousands of activists sent Facebook and Twitter messages to Governor Uduaghan asking him to make sparing Moses part of his legacy before he steps down on 29 May. 3,993 of you signed our petition to the Governor, showing that together our voices really can make a difference – thank you.

A message to you, from Moses: ‘I am overwhelmed. I thank Amnesty International and their activists for the great support that made me a conqueror in this situation. Amnesty International members and activist are my Heroes. ‘I want to assure them, that this great effort they have show to me will not be in vain, by the special grace of God I will live up to their expectation. ‘Justine Ijeomah is my champion, I will always pray for him in his human rights endeavour. I am grateful also to members and volunteers of human rights social development and environmental Foundation (HURSDEF) for there support. ‘I promise to be a human rights activist, to fight for others. I am thanking the Governor for his kind gesture and for keeping to his words.’

We are not taking any further action at this point. Thank you again to almost 4,000 of you who took action.