Nigerian to be executed for drug trafficking

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The family of Chijioke Obioha, a Nigerian national convicted of and given the mandatory death sentence for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking on December 30, 2008, have been informed that November 18 is Chijoke’s new execution date.

On April 9, 2007, Mr. Obioha was found in possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams that under Singapore law triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking.

Also in his possession were keys to a room containing additional prohibited substances, leading the authorities to presume him guilty of possession and knowledge of the drugs.

Mr. Obioha’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in August 2010. Maintaining his innocence of the crime, he initially refused to make use of his right to resentencing which amendments to Singapore’s mandatory’s death penalty laws made in 2013 allowed for.

In Singapore, when there is a presumption of drug possession and trafficking, the burden of proof shifts to the defendant. This is a violation of fair trial rights, specifically the presumption of innocence.

After the rejection of his clemency appeal in April 2015, his execution was set for May 15, 2015. It was stayed a day earlier to allow him apply for resentencing. His family were only informed on October 25, 2016 that he had resolved to withdraw his application for resentencing earlier in the year, following legal advice that he would not qualify as “courier” under the amended laws.

Consequently, the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of execution with effect from October 24, resulting in the execution date to be set for November 18.

Mr. Obioha appealed once again for clemency for the President, who has the power to commute his death sentence.

“Chijioke Stephen Obioha graduated in Industrial Chemistry from Benin University in Nigeria. He moved to Singapore in 2005, seeking to join a football club. His family members, who currently live in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, have been unable to travel to visit and had limited ability to assist him. Throughout the duration of the proceedings, they have received sporadic and often delayed updates, including when a legal representative was removed from the case,” Amnesty International stated.


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  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Call trump,he will help the ipobs. They have finished building Singapore, now to go and build heaven,they need you there. We warned you but you will not listen.

    • Julius

      Hahahahahaha, I laff tire when I read that ipob was so happy that Trump won the election. I guess they dont believe in the UN anymore. What a deluded bunch of morons. Na wa ooo. I guess they are expecting Trump to send them the marines. Trump wont do shit for them.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Juli,no burst my belly with lafta,abeg. Leave these didirins,and oponus,they love chest beating as though trump knows if they exist. Very lazy and arrogant commodities. The love wailing at every good thing about Nigeria. Now that Singapore has gotten hold of one of them,let’s wait for what they’ll call this. May be hatred to igbos or marginalization or witch hunt. The animals are all over the place scanvaging anything at their sight.

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          Read the comment of one moronic Lt. Col.M.Mariam above, you’ll know how very right you are

          • Julius

            lolz, yea, he is a moron 4real.

        • Julius

          lolz, they will find a way of blaming Tinubu and Obj for their son being executed in singapore. Keep reading bro.

          • Peter Mokwuah

            thiety tantorinknubu is the oba if heroin in chicago call him oni were were ole buruko

          • Julius

            Hahahahahahahahaha, yea, like I said, its Tinubu’s fault ..abi. Oh, you forgot to mention Obj. Moron, this is why you will never get anywhere in this country. Man up and stop blaming others for your irrational behaviours. Is Tinubu on a death row in anywhere ? By the way, why dont your all powerful biafaraudian army go and get them out ?

          • Peter Mokwuah

            be glad trump was not the president then, Idon’t live with you in that death trap cave you call a country .

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Tunji,many of them hide under a friendly name to perpetuate their obnoxious acts,while we are consistent in supporting the people,and condemning the bad people. Let them continue to cheat in the system, time like this,nemesis will continue to catch up with them.

      • Niyi Akinlabu

        Julius, no kill me, o!

        • Julius

          You have to laugh at their stupidity. I thought they were some sort of smart people..guess I was wrong.

  • Galantman

    It’s so sad and Unfurtunate that we are losing valuable human lives because of greed, in addition to tarnishing our image abroad. Our parents, religious leaders, elders and other influential figures have simply failed us woefully. But the greates evil to befall this beautiful country are looting politicians who have improvised the masses to the bone marrow. That’s why I’m always mad when I see internet rats blackmialing the fight against curruption.

  • marcos avelino

    Ibo xristians the curse of humanity

    • Lt. Col. M. Mariam

      They were denied access to loot the federal treasury like the rest of you human scums.
      I bet you never thought about it in this term.
      Besides, they are novices when it comes to international trafficking when compared to the exploits of Iyabo, Brigadiers Adekunle and Sotomi.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        And when these looters are being prosecuted you cry persecution and adopt them immediately

    • Fadama

      Deranged bigot.

  • Julius

    Damn, I was hoping that the Nigerian government will somehow help him. I pray the sing government will change it to maybe life with hope of getting out some day. This is sad.

  • ogechi

    Ibo boys! They will never hear words!!

  • Obosi Warrior

    First of all, this is a sad news to bear. Nobody deserve untimely death, more so death by hanging. But my grouse with my ibo brothers is that we fail to tell ourselves the truth. The truth hurt us so bad that we are willing to kill the messenger for bringing us the truthful news. I guess this is where the connection with the Jews come from.

    From time immemorial, it has been in the news that the penalty for drug trafficking in most Asia countries is death. This guy left for Singapore in 2005, he won’t say that before this time he has not heard of various people that has been killed for drug trafficking (even some ibos) in Asia countries.

    He went to play soccer, but turned out as a drug trafficker, just, what is the connection between these two. All around the world people don’t trust Nigerians, because they believe that what we say is not what we do. Most times you will be surprised how foreigners know more about your people than you, that is from there.

    I bet this people do not know the level of damage they are causing to the average ibo person, that wants to work hard and earn a living in foreign countries. The worst is that they shout Ipod as if it is one other uncharted route to eldorado, even to the extent of believing that a Donald Trump president is going to add any impetus to such a wishful thinking. I really wonder where this mindset originated from, and to imagine that a greater part (don’t want to believe, though) of active population of ibos have this mindset is nothing but SCARY.

    The truth is that there is no such thing as short cut to success, not that you can’t build a house on the sand, but any house that is built on sand will surely collapse.

    MAKE WE THINK MY IBO BROTHERS! Our image is getting battered around the world each day.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Your “Ibo brothers”? What do you mean by that? Which language is “ibo”? Anyway you are free to use that derogatory term to describe yourself only!

      • Obosi Warrior

        Here he goes, Truth-phobia.
        Mind you, I can choose to write “Ibo” the way I want to, none of your “toro” is inside it, meaning that it is none of your business. Who are you delta man (wash-wash Ibo) to teach me how to write my language.

        Write a full length sentence in Ibo and let us see how much Ibo you can be. Your type will still carry drugs to indonesia, or singapore and expect the country to come to your aid by the the time your coconut head is being prepared for the hang-man’s noose.

        Am waiting for your Ibo writing challenge.

  • sammyctu ode

    I just hope our foreign minister and abike-dabiri will not waste our money flying to Singapore to plead this boy’s case cos he knew the penalty for drug trafficking to Asian countries. What is this love for money by Nigerians anyway? When we all die no Naira or dollars will be buried with us so why putting one’s life on the line for less than $3000 this guy was to make? My fellow Nigerians who are still in the trafficking business you can’t beat the high technologies at the various international airports anymore so stop carrying drugs to any country.

  • Ananas_yolawa.

    Chinekee…..!!!
    Do Igbo Boys Start Drug Trafficking At The Age Of 10???
    Just Askiing ……….

    Because Igbo Has A Major Percentage Of Drug Traffickers Wold Wide.

    • I sigh

      Cannabis is just marijuana and not a “hard” drug, Fela would have been executed 1000 times if he is judged the same way.

      • Ananas_yolawa.

        Lol !!!

    • This is not a time to judge!

  • Allah grant his family the zeal to carry on!

  • Charles

    Mortals most of the time see danger in front of them, but they stubbornly walk toward it, this is common to all men, it knowns no race, color, tribes, education, religion and training. the Holy bible says that the wages of sin is death, yet we all sin every day, like Obioha, not minding the consequences. Mr. Obioha is a sinner like all of us, he is going to die by the law of man, but like in the days of Christ, if we are to drag Obioha before the presence of Christ for drug trafficking and Christ says, like him who has no sin cast the first stone, I will not, but will you?