'You Can't Execute Rev King', Falana Tells Ambode
They have been condemned to death but human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), is pleading on their behalf.
The lawyer on Thursday asked the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to commute their death penalty to life imprisonment instead of executing them.
Among the inmates being pleaded for is the General Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a. Rev. King.
Falana argued that the planned execution of death row inmates in the state would violate a subsisting judgment delivered in 2012 by the High Court of Lagos State which ruled that it was illegal and unconstitutional to execute condemned inmates.
He reminded the governor that the judgment of the court of the state had held that to hang or subject death row inmates to firing squad would lead to the violation of their fundamental right to freedom from torture.
The judgment was said to have been delivered by Justice Mufutau Olokooba of the Lagos State High Court on June 29, 2012.