254 convicts await Amosun’s death warrant signature
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