Wednesday, 26 June 2013

News Release: Update On Thankgod Ebhos; Death Row Inmate In Benin Prison

This is the update  on Mr. Thankgod Ebhos 53yrs, was the 5th person taken to Gallows along with  the 4 executed inmates in Benin prison on 24 June 2013, Thankgod was brought out from the gallows and returned back to cell, when the Judge was reading his death warrant signed in 1997 by Ahmed Ali, then Military Administrator of Kaduna state, it was written he should be executed by public execution in the city of Kaduna by Nigerian army 1st mechanize Division Kaduna state, the hangman (Executioner) said

He was charged Arm-Robbery, charge No: KD/ART/4/90, he was arrested on 28 March 1988, sentenced to death on 30th May 1995 by Hon. Justice J.S Abiriye of Kaduna State Robbery and Firearms Tribunal holding at High Court of Justice Kaduna state Nigeria, he is native of Ekpoma in Edo state, he is musician by profession.

On 24th June 2013 Mr. Thankgod Ebhos 53yrs witness the execution of the four death row prisoners: Chima Ijiofor 43yrs, Daniel Nsofor 39yrs, Osarenwinda Aiguokhan 49yrs, Richard Igagu 49yrs, the planned execution by firing squad of Mr. Thankgod Ebhos 53yrs by the prisons Authorities after witnessing the execution of 4 inmates constitutes Mental Torture and amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment contrary  to section 34 (1) (a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and people's Rights (Ratification and Enforcement ) Act.

1.That it would amount to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment for the Nigerian Prisons Authorities  to execute Mr. Thankgod Ebhos 53yrs after  he has  suffered long and severe trauma, anxiety and suspense of imminent death while on death row.

2.That Section 11 of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act under which removes the right ofMr. Thankgod Ebhos  to appeal against his conviction and sentence to death amounts a gross violation of the right of Mr. Thankgod Ebhos to appeal against his said conviction and sentence and therefore contravenes section 36 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

3. Human Rights Social Development and Environmental foundation (HURSDEF) appeal to the President of Federal republic of Nigeria to commute the death sentence passed on Mr. Thankgod Ebhos to life imprisonment or terms of imprisonment.

Justine Ijeomah
Executive Director, HURSDEF
62 Ikwerre Street Mile 1, Diobu, Port-Harcourt,
Rivers State, Nigeria

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