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Friday, 30 June 2017

Sign death warrant of prisoners on death row- FG appeals to state governors

As part of efforts to de-congest the prisons in Nigeria, the Federal government yesterday called on all state governors to sign the death warrant of prisoners in their state that are currently on death row.

Some governors have for religious and personal beliefs, refused to sign the death warrants of convicted murderers in their various prisons.

The Federal government made the appeal at the National Economic Council, NEC meeting in Abuja, presided over by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

Speaking to state house correspondents after the meeting, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, said

“In our NEC meeting today, the Minister of Interior (Abdulram Danbazzau) and the CG of Prisons came to brief us about the status of our prisons and the inmates through out the country. The situation painted by the Minister and the CG of Prisons was pathetic and some of them gave graphic examples of what is happening in our prisons up to the states. For example last few months, we had a jail break in my state and to true confession, that was the first time I visited prison. What I saw was a very terrible situation that shouldn’t be allowed and that is how it has been through out the country in all the states. Some of us on our own developed some initiatives. Some have succeeded in the states from transferring the prisons from the urban centre outside the city centre. Some are providing medical services, some are building new prisons. 
And so NEC considered all the submissions and came up with an agreement that the governors should assist the Federal Government in partnership to rehabilitate the prisons. And it was also agreed that the states that have the capacity to build prisons should go ahead including private sectors participation. And of course the minister made it very clear that over 70 percent of inmates are awaiting trial. The Minister did point out that they are beginning to do some farming in prisons and purchase some agric equipment which means that some of these prisoners that are available and could move freely could be engaged in agricultural programmes. This was agreed. The governors were also advised to do a number things to decongest the prisons. For example the Chief Judges of various states should do a more frequent visits to the prisons. They have constitutional role to perform during such visits. The governors on their own from time to time should also be able to visit. On the condemned criminals, the governors and NEC agreed that the governors should either sign their death sentences or commit them as they would wish because they will also serve as a risk if judgement has been delivered and no appeal is pending and the governors are not taking action on that. On the whole, NEC viewed that there should be emergency situations in terms of our prisons so that these people that are supposed to be reformed right there should not be further hardened”


  • At 30 June 2017 at 16:26 , Anonymous Folashade said...

    if a person is on death row, maximum of 10 years, he should be executed after exhausting his appeal processes. an example is reverend king, the guy has been sentenced

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    to hanging by the supreme court yet he is still in prison acting like a lord of the jail thinking there is nothing the govt can do.

  • At 30 June 2017 at 17:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    they are not signing based on any belief basis. After all that's the law, they are only refusing to sign because they do not feel morally right to do so based on their own atrocities simple. Most of therm are worse than the convicts themselves so what are we saying.

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  • At 30 June 2017 at 20:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    State can not do this ....state can not do that..state can not have state police.....HOW COME STATE CAN SIGN AND APPROVE DEATH

  • At 30 June 2017 at 20:15 , Blogger chinedu chukwuma said...

    Hmmmm dey wan decongest make e enter more prisoners nah

  • At 30 June 2017 at 20:55 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Federal Government is crazy. No civilised democracy still uses death sentence. The rates of extra-judicial killings alone in Nigeria are the highest in the world, ordinary citizens killing people lawlessly and viciously. Instead of FG to improve the country they want to go on killing spree, overseen by the fake pastor who does not know the New Testament, bloodthirsty bloodsucking Yemi Osinbajo. Disgusting. Don't let them go and polish off the deathrow president on indefinite medical vacation on our money.

  • At 30 June 2017 at 21:03 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mustapha killed Kudirat. Why was he released while you are suggesting of killing others who committed murder? Bokoharam guys kill everyday and even when they are caught, they are freed like Kabiru Sokoto. So why killing other prisoners?? Sigh..

  • At 30 June 2017 at 21:25 , Anonymous prince said...


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  • At 1 July 2017 at 02:16 , Blogger Lion Tamer said...

    Some states in US still do. So don't generalize and please always say what you know.

  • At 3 July 2017 at 04:31 , Anonymous Daniel said...

    Any Governor who signs and you Osinbajo-asking them to kill shall no longer live to if you do. You and your entire family shall die mysteriously in Jesus name. Amen.


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