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A Nigerian man set for execution in Singapore

The Singapore government must grant clemency to a Nigerian man set to be executed for drug trafficking next week, Amnesty International said.


Chijioke Stephen Obioha will be hanged on 18 November unless President Tony Tan commutes his death sentence, which was imposed as the mandatory punishment for trafficking.

"Time is running out for President Tan to step in and prevent this ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment from being carried out. He must use his power to grant clemency before it is too late."

 “Singapore is a week away from brutally ending the life of Chijioke Stephen Obioha for a crime that international law and standards make clear should not be punished by death,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia.

“Time is running out for President Tan to step in and prevent this ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment from being carried out. He must use his power to grant clemency before it is too late.”

Chijioke Stephen Obioha was found in possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis in April 2007, surpassing the amount of 500 grams that triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking under Singapore law.

This is a reminder of the pressing need for Singapore to immediately re-impose an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Background

Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in August 2010.

After the rejection of his clemency appeal in April 2015, his execution was set for 15 May 2015, but was stayed a day earlier to allow him to apply for resentencing.

His family was only informed on 25 October 2016 that he had withdrawn his application for resentencing earlier in the year, following legal advice that he would not qualify.

Consequently, the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of execution, which is now set for 18 November.

Chijioke Stephen Obioha has appealed once again for clemency from the President, the only person with the power to commute his death sentence.

As of today 103 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and 141 are abolitionist in law or practice.


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