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Death sentence: Court bars govts from executing prisoners

By Innocent ANABA
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has restrained the Federal Government and all the 36 state governors, from executing death row inmates in prisons across the country.

Trial judge in the matter, Justice T. Tsoho, in his ruling on an exparte application by Legal Resources Consortium, LRS,  on behalf of the 824 death row inmates in prisons across the country, restrained the 36 state Governors, whether by themselves, servants, agents or privies or otherwise howsoever from carrying out in any form howsoever, the directive or decision of the National Council of State or National Economic Council, that inmates on death row in prisons across the country be immediately executed as way of decongesting the prisons in Nigeria.

The death row inmates, had sought to enforce their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution.
LRS had contended in the suit that the decision of the National Council of State is based on a wrong premise and misunderstanding of the actual cause of congestion in Nigeria’s 227 prison institutions.


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