Death row prisoner in Nigeria dragged to the gallows will now be executed by firing squad

// Latest Addition | Death row prisoner in Nigeria dragged to the gallows will now be executed by firing squad
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
Earlier this month, President Jonathan urged state Governors to sign death warrants for death row prisoners

Cruel and inhumane do not even begin to describe the nightmare situation facing this man – and it points to the spectacularly brutal nature of Nigeria’s sudden return to state-sponsored killing

” Lucy Freeman, deputy Africa director at Amnesty International

A death row prisoner in Nigeria is due to be executed by firing squad later this week after prison authorities dragged him to the gallows where they hanged four other men on Monday night, Amnesty International has learned. 

They were the first known executions in the country since 2006.

Benin Prison authorities in Edo state had planned to hang the man along with the four others, but halted his execution after they realized his death sentence, imposed by a military tribunal, required that a firing squad carry it out.

Amnesty International understands that neither the prisoners nor their families were told of the executions in advance. Secret executions, where prisoners, families and lawyers are not informed beforehand, violate international standards on the use of the death penalty.

“Cruel and inhumane do not even begin to describe the nightmare situation facing this man – and it points to the spectacularly brutal nature of Nigeria’s sudden return to state-sponsored killing,” said Lucy Freeman, deputy Africa director at Amnesty International. 

“The resumption of executions in Nigeria is deplorable and extremely worrying. Edo state authorities have already executed four men this week and still plan to execute a fifth – the Nigerian authorities must immediately halt all executions and return to the moratorium on the death penalty that was previously in place.”

The four men hanged at Benin Prison last night still had appeals pending in their cases. Their executions came only hours after a federal High Court had dismissed a lawsuit against three of the execution warrants. The Edo state Attorney General and the prison authorities ignored an appeal and application for stay of execution filed immediately after the judgement. By executing the prisoners, Nigeria has demonstrated a gross disregard for the rule of law and respect for the judicial process.

The fifth man, sentenced by military tribunal, was never able to appeal his original sentence because military tribunals at the time denied defendants the right to appeal – itself a violation of fair trial standards and international law. 

Under Nigerian and international law, executions may not be carried out while any appeals are still pending. 

“Authorities at Benin Prison simply disregarded the due process requirements under law and in a cold-blooded move they denied the inmates an opportunity to exercise their rights,” said Freeman.

The fifth man who is to face a firing squad has been on death row for 17 years, and was sentenced to death by a military tribunal during the military rule in Nigeria before the return to democracy in 1999. Amnesty International has raised serious doubts about the fairness of trials during that period.  

Of the more than 1,000 people currently on death row in the country, scores of others were also sentenced by military tribunals before 1999.

“That Nigeria has resumed executions for sentences passed by military tribunals only amplifies the disregard for human rights,” said Freeman.

“At a time when West Africa and the world are moving away from the death penalty, it is very worrying that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan defies the clear international trend and has instead encouraged a step backwards for human rights.”

Earlier this month, President Jonathan urged state Governors to sign death warrants for death row prisoners – which in effect allows federal prison authorities to proceed with executions of inmates who are held at state prisons. 

The Edo state Governor had signed execution warrants last October for two of the four men executed on Monday. 

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime, or the individual’s guilt or innocence because it is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Tagged : President Goodluck Jonathan, Edo State, Amnesty International, Trending, Death row prisoner in Nigeria to be executed by fi, Benin Prison

Headlines Newsview all

Muhammadu Buhari leads with 2m votes after INEC declares results from 18 states

Results from 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday showed the All Progressives Congress ... Full story

Police fire tear gas at protesting APC women in Port Harcourt

Policemen on Monday fired tear gas at protesting women, who were marching to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt. They ... Full story

Governor Rotimi Amaechi Imposes Curfew On Rivers State

THERE was panic and anxiety in Port Harcourt on Monday following the announcement of an imposition of curfew in the state by the Rivers State ... Full story

The World's Most Terrifying Bridges

Bridges can be beautiful monuments to architectural genius that are also functional; allowing humans to travel from one place to another over large bodies of ... Full story

Wole Soyinka Describes The Elections As Vicious, Unprincipled, Vulgar And Violent

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the presidential and National Assembly elections as the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent he had ever witnessed. Soyinka, ... Full story

Alleged Drug Kingpin Wins A Nigerian Senate Seat

Prince Buruji Kashamu, a wealthy Nigerian businessman with a checkered past, has surprised many in the southwestern Ogun State by winning a senate seat for ... Full story

INEC Officials Announce Elections Result - Video

Following a relatively peaceful election across different States of the federation, we bring you a live stream of the result announcement from the INEC officials. ... Full story

Davido Is A 'Whack'

One of the top artistes in Africa, Nigeria’s Davido, disappointed his teeming fans in Kenya, few days ago, when he performed in the East African ... Full story

Strange Baby Born With Two Horns In Osun (GRAPHIC IMAGES )

There has been shock and fear, over a strange baby born at a maternity centre (name withheld) situated at Ifosan area of Ilesa, in Osun ... Full story

I Spend At Least N10,000 On Bra - Ronke Oshodi Oke

Busty Nollywood actress, Ronke Ojo, better known as Ronke Oshodi-Oke has revealed that getting her bra size in the market has mostly been a herculean ... Full story

Nollywood Singer Escapes Assassination

Actress singer and performer turned politician Muma Gee Eke who had earlier dumped PDP to Labour party reportedly escaped an assassination attempt on her life ... Full story

Comment on: Death row prisoner in Nigeria dragged to the gallows will now be executed by firing squad

Rate this article

0

Featured author

Paula Obiewkwe

Breaking News

Live Updates Of INEC: Announced Election Results

#Imo LGAs: 27 NO of POLITICAL PARTIES:14 REG. VOTERS: 1,747,681 ACCR VOTERS: 801,712 AA: 533 AD:757 ACPN: 956 ADC: 1617 APA: 2236 APC: 133,253 CPP: 733 HOPE: 157 KOWA: ...

Police Uniforms Too Cheap To Easily Get—Cossy Orjiakor

Controversial actress, Cossy Orjiakor, has called on the Nigerian government to do something about the uniforms of the Nigeria Police, which she said are too ...

Shan George Curses INEC Officials

Nollywood actress, Shan George, has joined many Nigerians who are anxiously waiting for the announcement of the winner of the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential ...

No Politician Paid Me A Dime To Vote—Wizkid

Nigerians have most times requested for a credible, free and fair elections in the country whenever they go to the polls to elect their leaders. In ...

Omotola Celebrates Daughter At 18

Nollywood superstar actress, Omotola Ekeinde seems not to be bothered about if the result of the presidential election is announced on time or not. While some ...

Sexy Bedroom Pictures Of Ice Prince's Babe That Got Everyone Talking

When the self-acclaimed ‘Koko Master’, D'Banj, sang few years ago in one of his hit singles that ‘love is a beautiful thing', he was never ...

Omotola’s First Child Turns 18 Today

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s first child, Princess Ekeinde is 18 years old today March 30th and as you can see from the photo, she’s grown into ... Full story

Show of shame: Nollywood Actors Fight Over Dame Jonathans’ N3m ‘Political’ Largesse

The recent visit of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan to Enugu has left a big scar on Nollywood. This is because the police in Enugu ...

TB JOSHUA: PRAY AGAINST DEATH OF ‘GREAT’ POLITICIAN #NigeriaDecides

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has warned of the death of a prominent politician due to ‘heated up’ politics in the wake of the closely fought ...

Lamborghini Worth $397,500, Causes Uproar In Ikoyi (Photo)

A while ago, a beautiful young lady was spotted driving an uncommon white coloured ride on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. It drew attention of all around the ...