After their death warrants had been signed by the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, 4 inmates on death row were hanged on Monday in Benin City. The Governor had signed the death sentences despite appeals from local and international organizations including Amnesty International.
The lawyers of at least two of the convicts, Daniel Nsofor and Osaremwinda Aigbuohian tried unsuccessfully to get a stay of execution.
Edo State Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon who confirmed the execution of the convicts disclosed that by signing the death sentence of the convicts, the Governor was only carrying out a constitutional requirement. He disclosed that three of the executed inmates were convicted outside Edo State. He also confirmed that his office received petition papers for a stay of execution but that the hanging had nothing to do with the state Government.
President Goodluck Jonathan had directed Governors to exercise their constitutional powers and sign death warrants of convicted criminals in order to reduce the crime wave in the country.