Edo executions did not follow due process – Lawyers

Advocats Sans Frontières France (ASFF) otherwise known as lawyers without borders has condemned Monday’s execution of four death row inmates in Edo State.

ASFF argued that the execution did not follow due process as the inmates were not allowed to fully exhaust all legal options available to them.

According to a statement issued by the group, the executions were carried out despite the application for stay of execution by a human rights organisation.

It stated that the executed inmates still had rights to appeal the decision of the Federal High Court.

It said, “Recall that in October 2012, the execution warrants of the just executed inmates were signed but a legal suit was filed by the Legal

Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) an NGO to stop the execution. Although the judgment delivered Monday in this case was not in favour of the inmates, an appeal was promptly filed against this decision.

Unfortunately the appeal was not respected and the executions were carried out in total disregard of the processes filed before the court. ASF France has been rightly informed that the Attorney General of Edo State and the Nigerian prisons were duly served with the court processes comprising of the notice of appeal and motion for stay of execution.

“The move by the federal government to resume execution of over 700 inmates on death row in Nigeria is contrary to commitments made by the

Nigerian government at international level and is a huge dent on the human rights record of Nigeria. In November 2008, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja, Nigeria, adopted a resolution calling on state parties to the African

Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to observe a moratorium on the death penalty.” It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had on Fathers’ Day celebration on June 16 in Abuja directed governors to exercise their constitutional responsibility by the signing death warrants for condemned prisoners.

 

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