Ogun State Government says it will continue to give top priority to the sanctity of human lives while promising to put in place precautionary measures that would nip in bud crimes that may lead to death sentencing.
Attorney – General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni stated this in Abeokuta while fielding questions from journalists on the call by Amnesty International for the Abolishment of Death penalty from the Nigerian Constitution.
Dr. Ayeni who described the call by Amnesty International as a tall order, revealed that the issue of death sentencing in Nigeria was mainly prescribed for capital offences such as murder, armed robbery, among others.
On signing of Death Warrants, the Attorney General revealed that the condition attached to signing of death warrants differs from State to State, adding that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led-Government in the State take the duty of ensuring fair and equitable justice seriously.
“The question of not signing Death Warrants differs from State to State. I can’t state specifically whether warrants have been signed or not, but i do know that the present administration takes the sanctity of human lives very seriously, and if a life has to be taken, it has to go through a process that would stand the test of time’’, he said.
Dr. Ayeni enjoined stakeholders who are involved in the administration of criminal justice, processes and procedures to strengthen the judicial institutions, noting that law enforcement officers and law officers should work assiduously and conscientiously towards ensuring that the process was thorough and truly guided in determining what is right.
He urged the entire citizenry to eschew all criminal activities and tendencies to further improve the peaceful co-existence in the society.