The Lagos state government says it will execute the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly (CPA) Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King and others on death row in Lagos prisons soon.
The nation’s apex court had on 27 February 2016 upheld the judgment of the Appeal Court which passed a death penalty on King, saying the condemned reverend must die by hanging.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, who disclosed this at a ministerial press conference, said the state government was reviewing the matter with a view to taking a crucial decision very soon.
Kazeem said he visited prisons in the state recently per instructions from the governor.
He said the prison officials drew his attention to the highhandedness of those on death row as they feel that they have certain rights.
He said the prison officials complained bitterly about this and wanted the government to take action to remedy the situation.
“Very soon, you will see the action of this government on that issue, we are reviewing the case on Rev. King and others on death roll,” he said.
Kazeem vowed that the Ambode administration was moving towards signing the execution document to executive those on death row.
“We are moving in that direction of signing. The prison officials said we need to look at that seriously. Those on death row are beginning to think they have some rights. We are going to move in that direction, you will hear from me, but I will not tell you the exact date,” he said.
On the issue of Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, Kazeem disclosed that the state government had re-opened the case, saying the government was putting things in place to ensure that justice was done on the matter.
Al-Mustapha was acquitted of charges of being complicit in the murder of the late Kudirat Abiola, but a court has given the state government the nod to re-open the case.topics from