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Friday, 11 November 2016

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.


Amnesty 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:
URGENT ACTION
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 the President.
The 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 drugs. 
Chijioke 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 of innocence.
After 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. 
Consequently, 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 prohibited.
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 
Fax: +65 6735 3135 
Email: istana_feedback@istana.gov.sg Salutation: Your Excellency
Prime Minister of Singapore His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister's Office Istana Annexe, Orchard Road Singapore 238823 
Fax: +65 6332 8983 
Email: lee_hsien_loong@pmo.gov.sg Salutation: Your Excellency    
And copies to:
Officer-in-charge Registry    
Superintendent Cheong KumFoong
Changi Prison Complex
Singapore Prison Service
982 Upper Changi Road North
Singapore 507709    
Fax: +65420425
Email: cheong_kum_foong@pris.gov.sgAlso send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:
NameAddress 1Address 2Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation    
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. 

34 comments:

livingstone chibuike said...

Not again

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vinna saviour said...

God have mercy mbok

livingstone chibuike said...

I feel sori for d family

Anonymous said...

These Ibo boys are cursed

JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

MAKE DEM NO DE SENTENCE PIPOL LIKE DIS NAAAA....
MAKE D GOVT DE COLLECT EVERYTIN WEY HIM GET FO LIFE N DEPORT D PERSON, EVEN D PERSON GET ESTATE, MAKE D GOVT COLLECT AM INSTEAD TO KILL D PERSON

JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

MAKE DEM NO DE SENTENCE PIPOL LIKE DIS NAAAA....
MAKE D GOVT DE COLLECT EVERYTIN WEY HIM GET FO LIFE N DEPORT D PERSON, EVEN D PERSON GET ESTATE, MAKE D GOVT COLLECT AM INSTEAD TO KILL D PERSON

Chizzy Liz said...

****************************eiyhaaaaaaaa*******biko si meelu ya ebere ****** after tens in Prison ?????? Nawa oooo

Chizzy Liz said...

****************************eiyhaaaaaaaa*******biko si meelu ya ebere ****** after tens in Prison ?????? Nawa oooo

Juliet Iwuno said...

Erm no dey ever hear word. Linda take note!

Uju Phil said...

It's well...the Lord is their muscle.

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

No stain, life continue, death or alive,

evy claret said...

It is well

Eva Da Diva...

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Jamila Shaibu said...

Na wa for some naija guys ooo

Iphie Abraham said...

Eyah,i feel for his family







Lib addict#just passing#

Anonymous said...

Are they mad tryin to take a life bcos of ganja. Has any soul ever overdosed on ganja b4. U better commute his sentence. What rubbish.

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Anonymous said...

I really don't understand the boldness drug traffickers have... they are promised a death sentence if caught, yet'they go ahead.
Since they are not afraid of death, why does Amnesty International keep pleading on their behalf...smh

Anonymous said...

I really don't understand the boldness drug traffickers have... they are promised a death sentence if caught, yet'they go ahead.
Since they are not afraid of death, why does Amnesty International keep pleading on their behalf...smh

Charles Onwuka Jnr. said...

Some very stupid boldness that cannot be explained. These are not make shift laws... It's bn there. You are caught with drugs, you pay the ultimate price. What's so difficult to understand? Well.. Let the law take its course. The actions of these drug guys has denied many other responsible Nigerians better opportunities on account of the battered image. Idiots!

M~Gab said...

NDI IGBO, PLEASE EMULATE YORUBAS IN DOING LEGAL BUSINESSES IN THE DIASPORA.

BEING IGBO DON DEY SHAME ME SELF, NAWA OO!!!

Tweegy said...

Every day we hear people are killed for drug trafficking and yet people still traffick drugs to these countries. They should stop blaming poverty for the reason they do such. He who has ears let him hear.

afekhade said...

Igbo people and their disgraceful acts sha....when will igbo people learn that they are from the devil...............the love of money they say is the root of all evil then so when a tribe is known for this trait, there is every likelihood that they are descendants of satan itself. Igbo Kwenu....Devil Kwenu!

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

They will not hear word and stop trafficking drugs. Well, good luck to him

Long Live LIB

Reno said...

Is it not just cannabis? Wey boys dey parade for Baija like say tomorrow no dey.Please president help this family

Anonymous said...

Singapore is a wicked nation! What is Nigeria doing and saying about this? This is sub-human.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Not again

Eazzy Pompey said...

Una no dey hear word dis people. Woo na you sabi. OYO is ur case o

Eleojo Blessing said...

Eyah

Esther Otobong said...

Please the president should consider clemency for Obiora. Please. Thank you sir for your compassion on a sinful soul

Esther Otobong said...

Please the president should consider clemency for Obiora. Please. Thank you sir for your compassion on a sinful soul

health tips.ng said...

Afekhade or whatever your name is, you are not only a descendant of lucifer, but a partner in his evil and are so short sighted that glasses can't help you. To summarize all, you're a big fool and an idiot who can't be helped.

farid al tamimi said...

you judge wait to be judged, your heart is clean hang bcose of ganja, no body is honorabre, sinfull thing ,this law is wrong !!! is not a payroll for this an offence. believe an believe your resdential to the hell, no religion can approve this.

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