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

Federal Government Fails To Produce Dasuki In Court For Trial

The Federal Government failed today to produce former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja for trial ...

Buhari Meets With Catholic Bishops

Catholic bishops in Nigeria rose from their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari with a resolve to collaborate with the federal government in the areas of ... Full story

2016 Budget: National Assembly Reduce Budget Padding From N500bn To N75bn

President Muhammadu Buhari is warming up to receive a reworked copy of the 2016 budget any time this week from the National Assembly following the ... Full story

Kidnappers Of Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo Demand Huge Amount For Her Freedom

Deadly kidnappers who abducted a former minister and senator have made a shocking demand involving huge sums of money.  The abduction of a former Minister, Iyabo ... Full story

Yemi Osinbajo Reveals: Over N4.8 Trillion Stolen In Arms Deal Under Goodluck Jonathan

Around $15 billion (about N4.8 trillion) which is equal to about half the country’s foreign currency reserves was stolen from Nigeria’s public purse under the ...

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Saga : Igbo Should Be Patient And Peaceful Says Federal Government

The Federal government, weekend, called on the people of the South East geo-political zone to be patient, law-abiding and peaceful as President Muhammadu Buhari was ...

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Kaduna Village, kills Monarch And Nephew

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night invaded the Fadan Karshi village, killing its district head and his nephew. Fadan Karshi is in Sanga ...

Fayose Is An Ungrateful Person Says Bode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose as an ingrate for saying that he ...

Fidelity Bank Appoints As Balarabe Acting MD

Fidelity Bank Plc yesterday appointed an Acting Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal Balarabe in place of its troubled Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo. The bank’s Board ...

Willie Obiano Using Helicopters For Aerial Surveillance Of Fulani Herdsmen

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a helicopter for aerial surveillance of the activities of herdsmen in the state. The governor, who stated this ...

REVEALED: EFCC Traces Diezani’s $115m Bribe To Stolen Oil

What is the source of the $115 million bribe for election officials to alter the results of the 2015 presidential election? The Economic and Financial Crimes ...

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

Rate this article

0

Featured author

chuky01

Breaking News

See Amazing Photos From Asa's Concert In Lagos

When host, and veteran broadcaster; Olisa Adibua heralded Asa’s arrival on stage, the crowd rose and ushered in the international superstar with resounding applause that ...

Ronaldo Declared One Hundred Percent Fit By Zidane

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been given the greenlight for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, coach Zinedine Zidane ...

World Leaders, Celebrities, Players React To Leicester’s Victory

Leicester's wait for a first top-flight title came to an end on Monday night as Tottenham drew 2-2 with Chelsea. The news was greeted with jubilation ...

Apparently Tiwa Savage Only Stayed With Teebillz To Get A Child

It is easier for two camels to pass through the eye of a needle at the same time than for celebrity marriages to pass the ...

Genevieve Nnaji Turns 37 Today

Today marks Genevieve’s 37th birthday. But many will confess that the adorable actress looks very sixteen. She has got the enigmatic age cheating potion she ...

Kunle Afolayan's Younger Brother Opens Up On His Love For Older Women

One man’s poison is another man’s meal, so they say. While many young dudes will prefer to date ladies they are very much older than, ...

See How Davido Celebrate Upcoming Wedding Of His Elder Sister (Photo)

Davido who is one of Nigeria's biggest pop stars at the moment took to his Instagram page to talk about his elder sister Coco.He revealed ...

Schweinsteiger All Loved Up With Ivanovic In A Stroll

Injured Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was in the Spanish capital to watch girlfriend Ana Ivanovic start off on a winning note in the Madrid ...

Pepsi Reject Tiwa Savage As Ambassador As Police Arrest Teebillz For Cocaine

News getting to us from an insider with Pepsi confirms dropping of the Nigerian music star and Mavins first lady Tiwa Savage later this week ... Full story

Leicester City Crowned Champions Of England

Finally, the seemingly impossible feat has just happened, the fairy tale story is completed. Leicester City have just won the the 2015/2016 English Premier League ...