Human rights defender Mr Patrick Naagbanton has been receiving a series of death threats in the past two weeks. Patrick Naagbanton is Coordinator of the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
On 30 December 2010, Patrick Naagbanton was reportedly accosted by two individuals at CEHRD's office in Eleme, Rivers State, who threatened to “deal with him”. It is reported that the same two individuals had also threatened a member of CEHRD's administrative staff.
On 31 December 2010 at approximately 23:00, Patrick Naagbanton received a further telephone call in which his interlocutor demanded that he deliver them a sum of money by 1 January. The following day, he received another call in which he was summoned to a local shrine in Ogoni, Rivers State, and threatened that he would be killed should he not appear; this was followed by a further death threat via telephone two hours later.