The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has denied claims that he had signed death warrants of two convicted prisoners on death row in the State.

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

Amnesty International in a statement on Wednesday claimed that some condemned prisoners including one that missed execution in June, are about to be executed and have been moved closer to the gallows.

The human rights group’s claim appeared to have been anchored on a report by the Nigeria, national TV network, the NTA that Mr Oshiomhole had signed death warrants for some convicts.

The governor in a press statement issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria said, “The attention of the Government of Edo State has been drawn to a news item on the scroll bar of the 7:00pm Prime News of Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013, of the Nigerian television Authority (NTA), Benin Network Centre to the effect that the state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has signed the death warrants of two more prisoners on death row in the state.

The statement described the story as untrue.