254 con­victs await Amo­sun’s death war­rant sig­na­ture

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Fol­low­ing the res­o­lu­tion of the Ogun State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (SEC) to lift em­bargo on the ex­e­cu­tion of con­demned pris­on­ers, 254 con­victed peo­ple are cur­rently await­ing the Ogun State Gov­er­nor, Sen. Ibikunle Amo­sun to sign their death war­rants, Daily Trust learnt yes­ter­day.

The Coun­cil at its weekly meet­ing on Mon­day, lifted the em­bargo. The state Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Dr Olu­mide Ayeni, had ex­plained that the de­ci­sion to re­sume the ex­e­cu­tion of con­demned con­victs fol­lowed the di­rec­tive of Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo to gover­nors to take se­ri­ously the is­sue of cap­i­tal of­fences.

The 254 fig­ure was ar­rived at from the to­tal avail­able across the six pris­ons lo­cated at Abeokuta, Ilaro, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Oba near Abeokuta, and the Farm Cen­tre in Ago-Iwoye.

Spokesman of the Ogun State Com­mand of the Nige­ria Pri­son Ser­vices (NPS), Vic­tor Oyeleke, said the Com­mand was con­sti­tu­tion­ally obliged to carry out the ex­e­cu­tion af­ter all nec­es­sary con­di­tions would have been met.

Past gover­nors had failed to sign the back­log of war­rants to au­tho­rize the pri­son au­thor­i­ties to ex­e­cute con­demned con­victs

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