Update: Four convicts hanged in Edo as Oshiomhole ignores Amnesty International, others

Adams Oshiomhole
Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

The governor acted within the law, the attorney general said.

Four death row inmates were hanged in Benin City, Edo State, Monday, after their death warrants were signed by the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The inmates included Osaremwinda Aigbuohian and Daniel Nsofor, whose lawyers have been struggling to obtain a stay of execution on the death sentence; and two other convicts whose identities are yet to be ascertained.

Mr. Oshiomhole allegedly signed the death warrants of the unnamed duo last month, despite appeals by local and international organizations including Amnesty International and Access to Justice.

President Goodluck Jonathan had directed state governors to exercise their constitutional rights by signing death warrants of death row inmates in order to reduce the rising level of criminality in the country.

Henry Idahagbon, Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, confirmed the development adding that the governor merely carried out his constitutional requirement by signing the warrants of the convicted criminals.

Mr. Idahagbon said that the defence team of the death row inmates, led by a civil society group, LEDAP, had tried up till the last minute to stop the hanging but did not succeed.

Three of the inmates were convicted outside Edo State and all the executed inmates had been issued the death penalty years ago, according to Mr. Idahagbon.

The Attorney General admitted that his office received petition papers for a stay of execution but could not do anything since the hanging had nothing to do with the state government.

It was gathered that notable Senior Advocates of Nigeria had backed the governor in the debate that followed his signing of the death warrant of Messrs Aigbuohian and Nsofor last September in exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy.

According to the Supreme Court, Mr. Aiguohian killed and dismembered the body of his victim while Mr. Nsofor forcefully robbed, tortured and strangulated his victim to death.

In Mr. Aiguohian’s statement of defence during trial, he described his action as a “mistake” but the Supreme Court in the affirmation of his death sentence in 2004 said, “the likes of Aiguohian belongs to Hades.”

The second convict, Nsofor, who also had his death sentence affirmed by the Supreme Court, was said to have strangled a woman to death after forcefully taking her money and torturing her.


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  • tonireal

    Good

    • Sumanguru

      ‘An eye for an eye, soon everyone will be belind’ – Mahatma Ghandi

      • Ndidi

        Hi Sumanguru, you’re funny, but yes, if we all deserve to be blind, so be it!. Take care.

  • Edo

    Good job, Governor Adams. Unfortunately, this is one of the unpleasant duties that goes with your office. Finally bringing to justice the criminals that mercilessly deprived other fellow human beings the right to live and pursue happiness, is the best way for the family of their victims to realise that justice has been done. Kudos! I wish the other governors could have the same courage; and if not, then they are not fit to occupy the positions.

    • Isimeme1

      “Finally bringing to justice the criminals that mercilessly deprived
      other fellow human beings the right to live and pursue happiness” :

      Pardon me are you speaking of our looting leaders?

      • Edo

        That one is beyond Adams for now. Let the judiciary do its job and let see if he is not going to do his own too. And for those looting leaders, someone is waiting in the corner so sign their death warrants at the appropriate time.

  • Ajantala

    Thank you!!! Thank You!!! Thank you!!! You’re the real man with balls UNLIKE that lazy under perform governor Uduaghan whose state is totally on locked down by kidnappers, armed robbers and arsonists BUT he says he is too scared to take life of those who deprived others lives.

    • Ndidi

      Hi Ajantala, Uduaghan is a bigger thief than his cousin Ibori. His conscience won’t allow him to sign the death warrant because he knows he himself is deserving of death for the devastation he has caused through not spending Delta State’s money correctly. EFCC will be on him once his immunity clause is expired. Whereas Oshiomole has cleaner hands.