Indication emerged yesterday that the Lagos State Government is looking at signing the death warrant for the execution of condemned inmates who are in prisons in the state.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, gave the indication while responding to questions from newsmen during a ministerial briefing in Alausa to mark the second year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, saying the feedback he got from prison officials during his visit was that the condemned inmates felt like kings and always said that they would never be killed.
While responding specifically to the question on when the state would sign the warrant for the General Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo alias Rev. King who is on death roll, Adeniji said, “This government is very strong on law and order. And the case is one of those under review. Like him (Rev. King) many others are on death roll. And very soon, residents of Lagos will see the action of the government on it.
“There are lots of people on death roll. I know that many have zeroed on Rev. King. His issue that I discussed actively with the prison authority during my recent prison visit and it was on the instruction of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. That showed that it is a sensitive issue. I have given you indication that we are moving towards that direction. I cannot state categorically the date the state government will take the action,” the Attorney General said.
Rev. King was sentenced to death by a Lagos High Court in 2007 for murder and the sentence was re-affirmed by the Supreme Court in February 2016.