Monday, 22 October 2012

Oshiomhole faults Rights Commission on death warrants

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has faulted the claim by National Human Rights Commission that he had 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 by the Executive Secretary of the Commission and other human rights bodies, said: “Incidentally, the state government has actually not just granted Calistus Eke pardon but has 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 was wrong to assume that Fatogun was to be executed.
“Olu Fatogun’s case was reviewed by the Advisory Council on thePrerogative of Mercy and they recommended that his death sentence be affirmed and carried out, but I refused the prayers. 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.”

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