Oshiomhole faults rights commission death warrants

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (right) and Mr. Ewuho Jimoh, Comptroller of Prisons, Edo State after the Governor granted amnesty to Monday Odu (left) and Calistus Ikem; two prisoners on death row, last week

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has faulted the claim of the National Human Rights Commission that he has signed the death warrants of two convicts, Callistus Eke and Olu Fatogun, saying the commission got its facts wrong before making statements to the international community

The governor, who was reacting to a petition signed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission and other human rights bodies, said “incidentally, the state government has actually not just granting Calistus Eke pardon but released him from prison. We have done much more than the people are asking us to do. So they got their facts wrong. Secondly, the human rights commission got it wrong to assume that Fatogun is to be executed”the governor noted.

He said: “the case of Olu Fatogun was reviewed by the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy and they recommended that his death sentence be affirmed and carried out, but I refused the prayers, rather I ordered that the death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment. Again the Human Rights Commission is wrong to say that I have authorised his execution”.

According to the governor, “I refused the recommendation of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to have him executed. The Human Rights Commission got their facts wrong. They were acting on the recommendation without waiting for my confirmation.”

Comrade Oshiomhole who said he took the decision on the 26 of September noted that however, there are two other persons whose conviction I have approved in respect Daniel Nsofor and Osayinwinde Agbomien.

He explained that Agbomien killed his victim, dismembered his body and buried the parts in different places to avoid detection. He said when the convict was taken to court, he said his offence was a mistake but the manner in whicjh he treated the body indicated that it was gruesome, premeditated and wicked act.

Monday Odu (left) and Calistus Ikem; two prisoners on death row granted amnesty by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State last week.

The Governor quoted excerpts of the Supreme Court judgment upholding Agbomien’s death sentence and according to the apex court “the likes of Agbomien belong to Hades (hell)”

On Nsofor, Oshiomhole said he approved his death sentence because after robbing his victim, a woman, of her possessions he subjected her to horrendous torture and experience and thereafter killed her.

According to the Governor, “the National Human Rights Commission was wrong. They must be seen to be painstaking in matters of life and death. They must check their facts right. The state does not exercise mercy on such persons. I decided to free those who didn’t kill to go and sin no more. however, we must send a clear message to criminals that they have no right to kill and live.”




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