Four prisoners on death row were executed yesterday by officials of the Nigeria Prison Services in Edo State.
One of those also to be executed is to die by firing squad.
four prisoners were killed after a Federal High Court rejected a
lawsuit file by some Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) against signing
of the execution warrants by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Henry Idahagbon confirmed
the execution but said it was an affair of the Nigeria Prisons.
He said a notice of appeal was brought to him but whether it was served on prisons officials were not his concern.
The names of the executed prisoners could not be confirmed as at press time.
Director for Africa at Amnesty International, Lucy Freeman, in a
statement, called for the halting of the executions and described the
court decision as a major setback for justice and human rights in
“The Nigerian authorities must immediately halt the
execution of these five men and allow them to appeal their cases in the
According to Amnesty International’s Death Sentences and
Executions 2012 report, Nigeria has not carried out any known executions
since 2006, but sentenced 56 people to death last year. Approximately,
1000 people are reportedly on death row in the country.