A Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr FEMI FALANA, has asked Governor AKINWUNMI AMBODE of Lagos State to commute the death penalty passed on death row inmates in the state to life imprisonment instead.
Those on death row upon the judgment of the court of Lagos State included the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, CHUKWUEMEKA EZEUGO a.k.a REVEREND KING.
FALANA argued in a letter addressed to Governor AMBODE that the planned execution of death row inmates in the state would violate a subsisting judgment delivered in 2012 by the High Court of Lagos State which ruled that it was illegal and unconstitutional to execute the condemned inmates.
The judgment was said to have been delivered by Justice MUFUTAU OLOKOOBA on June 29, 2012.
The Lagos lawyer advised the state government to explore the only available option of commuting the death penalty passed on the inmates to life imprisonment.
The Attorney-General of the state, Mr ADENIJI KAZEEM, was said to have stated at a news conference on Tuesday that unlike previous administrations, Governor AMBODE would sign the necessary documents to execute those on death row in the state.