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Oshiomhole canvasses death penalty for murderous robbers




Seeks trial of Okonjo-Iweala over Abacha loot

As the world marked International Human Rights Day yesterday, Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, advocated death penalty for murderous robbers as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended.

Oshiomhole said it made no sense for the European Union, United Nations and other agencies to continue to define the standard for Nigeria on how to treat “murderous” elements.

Speaking at the event organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Oshiomhole accused some of his fellow governors of hypocrisy on the subject of death penalty.
“We need to take a stand on this issue of capital punishment. Who defines it ? Unfortunately, the EU representatives have left. When a man robbed you, took your property and did not kill you, you can still work and get the property back.

Such a robber, if caught, should not be killed because he did not take any life. But if you rob someone of his property, dehumanise and kill such a person, then you should be killed. The EU and so-called international community cannot tell me otherwise.

“Let me place it on record that I have signed executions and I will continue to sign executions. Any man who takes away another man’s right to life should himself not live. I have received such judgments and I have signed their executions and I will continue to do so. When I signed one of such cases, the EU ambassador called me and said the international community is shouting and that we are signatories to the UN declarations. And I asked him: who is the international community? I’m not a signatory to such declarations that allow a murderer to go free.”

Oshiomhole also called for trial of former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, “for re-looting or facilitating the re-looting of billions of the recovered Abacha loot.”

He charged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to speak out against the alleged misconduct of the former minister and ensure she is brought to book.

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