Failure to sign death warrant of convicted murder suspects violates justice
Once a murder case has been decided and the accused found guilty, any governor who refuses to sign the death warrant will be guilty of perverting justice. The reason why murder cases are prevalent in Nigeria today is because of the attitude of the governors who often refuse to do their own part after the courts have played their own part. Every now and then, there are stories of gruesome murders that send jitters down the spines of everybody. Yet when sometimes the accused are rounded up, found guilty and sentenced accordingly, the governors, acting like saints always refuse to append their signatures ostensibly in order not to have any body’s blood in their hands. There ought to be no pity for anybody who has taken another person’s life and has been found guilty and sentenced accordingly.
Nigerian governors must realise that by refusing to sign death warrant of convicted murderers, they continue to encourage the perpetration of such heinous crime against humanity in the Nigerian society and the blood of those whose lives are cut down in their prime will be on the head of whoever refuses to append his signature, thereby preventing justice from taking its course.
• Jide Oyewusi is the coordinator of Ethics Watch International.
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