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We Don’t Want Blood in Our Hands – Nigeria Governors

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It has been reported that civilian Governors in Nigeria since 1999 have been refusing to perform their civic responsibilities of signing dead warrant for executions of persons condemned to death by the courts.

But reports available has it that since 1999, only former Governor Adams Oshiomole had signed death warrant in Edo state in 2013, whereas the other governors refuse to pen their signatures, complaining that they do not want to carry human blood in their hands.

The concerns over refusal by Governors to perform this important task is making the front burners again, as a woman was sentenced to death on Monday 27th January, 2020.

An FCT High Court on Monday sentenced Maryam Sanda, the woman who stabbed her husband to death, Bilyaminu, son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, to death by hanging.

Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu, convicted Sanda based on the `doctrine of last seen’, saying that the doctrine places a burden of proof on the accused who was the last person to be seen with the deceased.

Halilu held that from the evidence before him, it was irredeemably clear that the accused fatally stabbed the deceased adding that the two extrajudicial statements made by the convict were not disputed.

But reports available has it that since 1999, only former Governor Adams Oshiomole had signed death warrant in Edo state in 2013, whereas the other governors refuse to pen their signatures, complaining that they do not want to carry human blood in their hands.

This means that many convicts, condemned to death since 1999 are still in prison custody across Nigeria.

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