Ondo govt talks tough, set to execute convicts on death row in state

Following the sentence to death of Seidu Adeyemi by Justice Samuel Bola of the Ondo State High Court over the killing of his girlfriend, Khadijat Oluboyo, daughter of former Deputy Governor of the state, the state government has disclosed that convicts on death row across various prisons in the state will soon be executed.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Adekola Olawoye gave the hint in Akure, the Ondo state capital, where he told journalists that the state has no plan to abolish death sentence.

With calls from some quarters particularly, human rights bodies that death sentence be abolished across states, Olawoye insisted that the state government has no such plan.

According to him, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would soon sign the death warrant of those who have been sentenced to death in the state.

His words: “It was very imperative for law to take its course, and that anybody who kills should also be killed.

“Life is not a property of anybody, nobody has the right to take the life of fellow men, except as allowed and permitted by the law.

“Even in advanced countries where they advocate abolition of death penalty, they still kill people found guilty of murder.

“Like the judgment we just heard that somebody killed his girlfriend and removed her body parts and buried her in his room.

“How do you expect us to abolish death sentence with that? This is the rule of law; no sentiment about it.

“When a case of this nature gets to the Supreme Court and it is confirmed that such a person should be killed, then the aspect of the governor, who has the constitutional right to confirm and sign the death sentence, will come into play.

“We have so many of them that have been convicted, but I want to assure you that my ministry will do things proactively to see that these convicts will be executed.

“Mr. Governor will sign their death warrant,” the Attorney General said.

Source: Daily Post

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