SERAP petitions Gambia’s Attorney-General over Nigerians on death row

Channels Television  
Updated September 17, 2012

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have urged the Gambian Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Lamin Jobarteh, to prevail on his country from going ahead with the planned execution of two Nigerians.

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has said he will execute all the convicts on death row before the end of September.

According to the civil rights group, the two Nigerians, Micheal Ifunanya and Stanley Agbaeze, are condemned to death in The Gambia.

SERAP, in a letter by its counsel, Mr. Femi Falana, on behalf of the convicted men, has instituted a suit before the ECOWAS court, asking for a stay of action pending the final determination of the suit filed on September 11, 2012.

Challenging the Gambian authorities on its legal obligation to comply with the protocol and not to engage in any action that will prejudice the outcome of the ECOWAS court suit, Mr Falana said doing the contrary will amount to a fundamental breach of the Article 22 (2) of ECOWAS protocol.

The Gambian government recently commenced the execution of all convicts on it death roll and the Gambian president, Yahya Jamme, was quoted stating that all the convicts on the nation’s death roll will be executed before the end of September.

The executions has since commenced despite the outcry from the international community and civil rights organizations.