Singapore: Amnesty International wades in as Nigerian faces death sentence

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the president of Singapore to intervene in the case a Nigerian, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, who is facing death sentence in the Asian country.

A statement emailed to Daily Trust by AI’s Media Manager in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, said the execution of Obioha has been set for 18 November after he was convicted of drug trafficking.

The statement added that the convict has applied to the president of Singapore for a new clemency after an earlier one was rejected in 2015.

AI urged the president to immediately halt Obioha’s execution and grant him amnesty, saying drug-related offences do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes.”

Obioha, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry from University of Benin, was convicted on 30 December 2008 after he moved to Singapore in 2005, seeking to join a football club.

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