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Nigeria: Edo State Executes Three Inmates

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December 23, 2016: Edo State government executed three death row inmates who were sentenced to death by military tribunals under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Decree 1971 as amended.

The state had announced its intention to execute three death row prisoners at Oko Prisons in Benin City.

The Nation learnt that the execution took place December 23 as scheduled.

Those executed are – Ogbomoro Omoregie, Apostle Igene and Mark Omosowhota.

They were said to have been executed around 6:00 a.m.

A rights group, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), through its director Chino Obiagwu, had petitioned Governor Godwin Obaseki to halt the planned execution.

“We have filed an appeal pending at the Court of Lagos seeking order that these prisoners have right of appeal under the 1999 Constitution.”

Obiagwu told The Nation on December 27 that his clients had been executed despite the petition.

It could not be confirmed if it was Obaseki or his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole who signed their death warrants. 

Source: thenationonlineng.net, December 27, 2016

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