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NPF Awaits Ambode’ Signature To Hang Rev King, Nigeria Prison Service Needs More Executioners

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Feb 28, 2016 – NPF Awaits Lagos State Governor Ambode’s Signature To Hang Rev King, Nigeria Prison Service Needs More Executioners, Hang Men For 1639 Convicts On Death Row

The Nigeria Prisons Service yesterday confirmed that 1, 639 inmates are awaiting execution in various prisons dotted across the country. According to the Public Relations Officer of Prisons, Mr. Francis Emorde, the last time the Service carried out execution was 2013.

He also explained that the reason behind the delay in execution was as a result of the state governors’ unwillingness to sign execution papers for the sheriff to carry out the order. He also confirmed that despite Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the death sentence passed on Rev. Emeka Ezeugo, aka Rev. King, the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, would still have to sign the necessary document for the execution to be carried out.

However, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Rev King has just joined the growing number of people waiting for their executions to be carried out on death row. NBS figures shows the 16 people were on death row 2007, 92 in 2008, 31 in 2009, 56 in 2010, and 72 in 2011, with the latest statement from the Prisons Service confirming that the figure has swelled to 1, 639.

Thus, with such a large number of people on death row and very few hangmen in the country, there are indications that Rev, King may stay much longer on Mother Earth, while waiting for his turn to face the executioner. Besides, the failure of many governors to sign death sentence is another possible reason for the delay.

The Criminal Procedure Act of each state provides that governors should affirm death sentences of condemned criminals before execution. Only four death row inmates were executed in 2013. And since then, no state governor has confirmed any death sentence. However, shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan urged state governors to sign death warrants for death row prisoners on June 16, 2013, four prisoners were executed, including Thankgod Ebhos, a father of three.

All four individuals reportedly still had appeals pending when executed, which is a violation of both Nigerian and international law. In 2013, the capital execution rate is 41,650,000 persons. In spite of human rights activists’ efforts to abolish the death penalty globally, it appears to be gaining more popularity in many countries. A report from Amnesty International shows that 1,925 death sentences were issued in 2013 and the figure rose to 2,466 in 2014.

The dramatic rise is due to the number of the death sentence issued by countries seeking to tackle crime, terrorism, and internal stability. In Nigeria, 659 death sentences were recorded in 2014, a jump of more than 500 compared with the 2013 figures – 141.

The surge in 2014 can be attributed to the mass death sentences passed on soldiers, who were convicted of mutiny in the context of the armed conflict with Boko Haram terrorists in the North, by military courts. Incidentally, Nigeria leads the chart with 659 death sentences, Egypt follows closely with 509 and Pakistan rounded off the top three lists with 231 inmates to be executed in 2014.

However, it appears that capital punishment has failed as a preventive measure against crime in Nigeria A statistical appraisal of crime rate in Nigeria by the Department of Statistics, Abia State Polytechnic, shows there has been a significant growth over the years and if not checked, it will keep rising

[Sunday Telegraph]



  1. Eva

    February 28, 2016 at 4:55 AM

    Pls they should hang this man quick .in 2004, i went with my pregnant sister to his church .when they ask every body to stand my sister could not stanf cus she was 8 months pregnant .she decided to usher came and slap my sister 3 times .i asked him why he slap my sister .they gave me the beating of my life . Was told that no one is suppose to seat during standing time and no one is suppose to defend who they beat .if u have ever been to that church , u Will know i am saying the truth .

    • Sir k

      February 28, 2016 at 10:44 AM


    • Tee

      February 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

      The is the main problem with our nation everything is seen from religious perspective, people seem to have lost their reasoning faculty, these churches are mainly cult centers,they operate by instilling fear in their congregation and performing stage managed miracles. these churches are now usurping the function of the state recently i read they are now going to be constructing bridges and roads and you know the implication of that in Nigeria; there is good evidence abound that clearly suggest that many so called pastors and prophets have colluded with politicians to loot the commonwealth of Nigeria, Few days back the VP’s wife was asking Nigerians to pray to avoid economic hardship, have you hard of Obama’s wife asking people to pray,? instead of using their position to emancipate people and provide functioning amenities they continue to keep us in bondage so as not to challenge their incompetence. The only way forward is to regulate these ‘churches’ and vet anyone vying to become a pastor that way it will be more difficult to perpetrate atrocities we are witnessing. Gov El-Rufai is trying to achieve just that with his bill on religion issues i hope it goes through. Governor Ambode should sign the order quick since the criminal ‘king’ has had a fair trial and exhausted his appeal process so no more wasted time and money, should serve as a lesson to other fakes out there.

  2. my lady

    February 28, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Nawa ooooo

  3. fifelomo

    February 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Churches of nowadays get has e be.

  4. Jojo

    February 28, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Please who is this Rev King and what did he do. Can anyone please tell me??

    • Metu Nyetu

      February 28, 2016 at 8:50 PM

      @ Jojo, he burnt a member of his church to death some years ago and claimed it was God who had ordered him so.

      • jojo

        February 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM

        thanks @ Metu, hmmmmm na wa for that one ooo evil pastors

  5. John Emeka

    February 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    & dat’s why u re in hurry 2 see him dead @ Eva bcos dem be slap u 3 times in his church…i pity ur life too

  6. Amazon

    February 28, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    What is the governor still waiting for

  7. D Hunter

    February 28, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    So of all d churches around, y did u chose his? @ Eva. Whn dat happened, u cld hv just walk out of dat shrine.

    Besides u were nt 4ced 2 go dia n u had a choice nt 2 go dia.
    In any case, let justice b duely served so dat dis madnss can stop.


  8. Maryf

    February 28, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Too bad.

  9. Maryf

    February 28, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Ambode have searched himself and knows he’s not a saint or a holy man to sign criminals death warrant.

  10. frankfurt

    February 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    So churches like this exist in nigeria? I never knew, it is a pity on the members if truly strange things like what you have said exist. God save nigeria from different atrocities..

  11. Metu Nyetu

    February 28, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Eva una hear am o. Even if you were in a military church.


    February 28, 2016 at 9:37 PM


  13. Festus

    February 29, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Hellfire dey wait for u rev.king .I know say u na chairman to Satan.Tuale

  14. sola olaniyi

    February 29, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    over to Ambo

  15. chyna

    February 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    is not easy for him to sign the signature cos he has heart

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