Edo Set To Execute Another Death Row Convict, Civil Societies Kick
Despite the local and international condemnations that trailed the execution of prisoners by the Edo state government of Monday, indications emerged last night that the State Government is preparing to execute another convict who was ordered to be executed by firing squad, bringing the total to five.
The convict, Thankgod Ebohs was sentenced by a military tribunal to be shot by a firing squad.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, had said that as soon as logistics were put in place, Ebohs would be executed too.
Meanwhile, some civil society organisations yesterday urged Governor Adams Oshiomhole to halt further action in signing execution warrant on convicted prisoners and urged the state government to join the global call for the abolition of death penalty.
The organisations which comprised of the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Gani Fawehimi Movement for Good Governance (GFMFGG), Conference of Non- Governmental Organisations (CONGOs), Coalition of Edo Youth Organisation (CEYO), South-South Youth League, made the call when they met with the state
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Henry Idahagbon, in Benin City, to kick against death penalty in the country laws.
The Executive Director of the ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, who spoke on behalf of others disclosed that the group decided to meet with the commissioner following the hanging of the four death row prisoners Monday, urged the state government to support the call for the abolition of death penalty and appealed to the governor to halt further action on convicted criminals for the sake of humanity.
The group, however, commended the state government for improving on the state criminal justice process by ensuring that the legal opinion from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) will now be within 30 days, saying this would to a large extent help in the speedy administration of criminal justice in the state.
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