Amnesty Int'l pleads for clemency as Nigerian man is set to be executed in Singapore for drug trafficking on Nov. 18th
The Singapore government has fixed November 18th as the date for the execution of Nigerian man, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, who was arrested for drug trafficking on April 9th 2007.
Chijioke was arraigned in a court in Singapore on December 30th 2008 and was sentenced to death for the crime which attracts capital punishment in Singapore. Chijioke was found with over 2.6 kilograms of cannabis when he was arrested.
International in a statement released yesterday, urged Human Rights
groups to petition the Singapore government to grant Chijioke clemency. Read the Amnesty International full press release below:
NIGERIAN TO BE EXECUTED for drug trafficking
The execution of Nigerian national Chijioke Stephen Obioha has been set for 18 November.
He was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and was given the
mandatory death sentence. A new clemency application is pending before
family of Chijioke Stephen Obioha, a Nigerian national convicted of and
given the mandatory death sentence for possession of drugs for the
purpose of trafficking on 30 December 2008, have been informed that 18 November
is Chijoke’s new execution date. On 9 April 2007 Chijoke was found in
possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the
statutory amount of 500 grams that under Singapore law triggers the
automatic presumption of trafficking. Also in his possession were keys
to a room containing additional prohibited substances, leading the
authorities to presume him guilty of possession and knowledge of the
Stephen Obioha’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was
rejected in August 2010. Maintaining his innocence of the crime, Chijoke
initially refused to make use of his right to resentencing which
amendments to Singapore mandatory’s death penalty laws made in 2013
allowed for. In Singapore, when there is a presumption of drug
possession and trafficking, the burden of proof shifts to the defendant.
This is a violation of fair trial rights, specifically the presumption
the rejection of his clemency appeal in April 2015, his execution was
set for 15 May 2015. It was stayed a day earlier to allow him to apply
for re-sentencing. His family were only informed on 25 October 2016 that
he had resolved to withdraw his application for re-sentencing earlier
in the year, following legal advice that he would not qualify as
“courier” under the amended laws.
the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of execution with effect from 24th
October, resulting in the execution date to be set for 18th November. Chijioke Stephen Obioha appealed once again for clemency for the President, who has the power to commute his death sentence.
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
Urging the President to immediately halt Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s execution and grant him clemency;
Calling on the authorities to immediately re-impose an official
moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death
penalty, and commute all existing death sentences;
Reminding the authorities that drug-related offences do not meet the
threshold of the “most serious crimes” to which the use of the death
penalty must be restricted under international law, and that the
imposition of the death penalty as a mandatory punishment is also
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 22 DECEMBER 2016 TO:
President of Singapore
His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore Orchard Road, Singapore 238823