BY SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN CITY—Edo State Government, Wednesday, described as spurious, a report that the state governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole has signed the death warrants of two more death row prisoners, saying that it was another attempt by mischief makers to rubbish the image of the governor.
The government in a statement said that the misleading report appeared on the scroll bar of the 7:00pm Prime News of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Benin Network Centre to the effect that Governor Oshiomhole, had signed the death warrants of two more prisoners on death row in the state.
“We wish to inform the general public that the governor, did not sign such death warrants and that the news item is false in its entirety. We advise the general public to ignore the said news item as it is the figment of the imagination of the authors intended to cause disaffection against the governor and Government of Edo State.
“However, we wish to state that the governor will not shy away from carrying his constitutional duties when the need arises,” it stated.
Meanwhile, Islamic clerics in Edo State, have thrown their weight behind the recent execution of condemned criminals in Edo State, saying that it was in accordance with the laws of God. Led by the Chief Imam of Benin and Chairman League of Imams in Edo State, Mallam Abdul Enabulele, the clerics also hailed the governor for frowning at the same sex marriage proposal of some European countries.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the governor, yesterday, the Chief Imam, who led other Imams in the state to the Government House in Benin City, commended the governor for abiding by the dictates of the constitution of the country and his readiness to uphold and support the African value system.
“Recently when the governor signed the warrant for four convicted criminals in the state, there was criticisms from some quarters. We the League of Imams took a look at the gravity of the crime which they committed that warranted such. After carefully studying the briefing of the Commissioner for Justice and Atthoney-General of Edo State on the issue, we were all satisfied Edo State Government has done the right thing at the right time.”