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NIGERIA: FOUR CONVICTS HANGED IN EDO FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2006

June 24, 2013: Nigeria hanged four prisoners at Benin City Prison in Edo State, in the country's first executions since 2006.
Chima Ejiofor, Daniel Nsofor, Osarenmwinda Aigbonkhan and Richard Igagu were executed after their death warrants had been signed - two by Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and the others by Governors of other States.
According to the Supreme Court, Aiguohian killed and dismembered the body of his victim while Nsofor forcefully robbed, tortured and strangulated his victim to death. A fifth prisoner, Thankgod Ebhos, was also due to be executed, but his sentence dated back to the military era that ended in 1999 and called for him to be killed by firing squad, which prison authorities were not yet prepared to do.
In the afternoon, the Federal High Court in Benin had rejected a lawsuit filed by Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) against execution warrants signed by the Governor of Edo State in October 2012. In the suit, the prisoners on death row had contended that to execute them after over 16 years of trauma, suspense and imminent death would amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. They had asked the Court to order the Edo State Governor to commute their death sentences to terms of imprisonment. The Court dismissed LEDAP’s appeal around 3 p.m. “They (authorities) had already started preparing for the executions, they turned us away from the prison and by 6:15 p.m. we heard from clients (in the prison) that they had been executed,” said Chino Obiagwu, LEDAP’s National Coordinator. He said traumatized inmates called him to describe “terrible sounds” like a drum rolling, shackles scratching and the screams of those condemned begging for mercy.
LEDAP, on behalf of two of the convicts, Daniel Nsofor and Osaremwinda Aigbuohian, had filed another appeal at the Court of Appeal in Lagos against the judgment of the Federal High Court and also a motion for stay of execution pending the outcome of the appeal.
LEDAP condemned the execution, which took place despite their pending appeals. “Under Nigerian laws, an appeal and application for stay of execution should restrain further action until the appeal is determined. By executing the prisoners, Nigeria government has demonstrated gross disregard to the rule of law and respect for the judicial process,” Chino Obiagwu said.
President Goodluck Jonathan had recently directed State Governors to exercise their constitutional powers and sign the execution warrant of death row inmates, advising them not to shy away from same, as it was part of their duties. (Sources: AFP, BBC, Vanguard, AP, 25/06/2013)

IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED ON MURDER CHARGES IN BANDAR ABBAS & TABRIZ CENTRAL PRISONS
ALABAMA (USA): TOMMY ARTHUR, 75, EXECUTED
PAKISTAN: MAN AWARDED DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDERING RELATIVE
GAZA: HAMAS RULERS PUT TO DEATH 3 ACCUSED OF KILLING MEMBER
INDIA: FIVE MAOISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY MUNGER COURT IN BIHAR
KENYA: ITEN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER, ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE
IRAN: JUVENILE OFFENDER HANGED
PAKISTAN: TWO TERRORISTS EXECUTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN APS ATTACK, OTHER INCIDENTS
IRAN: SIX PRISONERS EXECUTED
INDIA: MAN, SON GET DEATH SENTENCE IN DOUBLE MURDER CASE IN UP
GAZA: HAMAS SENTENCES THREE PALESTINIANS TO DEATH OVER TOP COMMANDER'S ASSASSINATION
SINGAPORE: DRUG TRAFFICKER HANGED AFTER EXHAUSTING AVENUES OF APPEAL
DRC: NORWEGIAN-BRITISH PRISONER RELEASED FROM DEATH ROW AMID GROWING HEALTH CONCERNS
EGYPT: 8 MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOMALI: MILITARY COURT EXECUTES MAN INVOLVED IN MOGADISHU MARKET EXPLOSION
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAB CUTS OFF HANDS OF 2 MEN CONVICTED BY SHARIA COURT
PAKISTAN: FOUR TERRORISTS CONVICTED BY MLY COURTS HANGED
GEORGIA (USA): J.W. LEDFORD EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: 23 TO WALK GALLOWS FOR KILLING FOUR AL MEN
BANGLADESH: MAN TO WALK GALLOWS FOR KILLING WIFE
KENYA: ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE LANDS MAN DEATH SENTENCE
MALI: UNMARRIED COUPLE STONED TO DEATH
MALAYSIA: TRADER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
PENNSYLVANIA (USA): JAMES DENNIS RELEASED FROM PRISON
PAKISTAN: FOUR MORE CONVICTED BY MILITARY COURTS HANGED
GAZA: HAMAS BURNS DRUG STASH, SENTENCES DEALERS TO DEATH
FLORIDA (USA): SUPREME COURT REVERSES MURDER CONVICTION OF RALPH DANIEL WRIGHT
PAKISTAN: THREE ACTIVISTS HANGED IN SAHIWAL IMPRISON
PAKISTAN: FOUR TTP TERRORIST HANGED TO DEATH
INDIA: THREE ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH IN NAYNA PUJARI CASE

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