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16 Nov 2016

Drug Trafficking: Singapore Confirms Execution Date of Nigerian Chijioke Obioha



The Singaporean government has confirmed that Chijioke Obioha, a Nigerian arrested for drug trafficking would be executed on Friday 18th of November, 2016.

This follows the rejection of a clemency appeal submitted to the government by the Nigerian.

Chijioke Obioha was found in possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis in April 2007, surpassing the amount of 500 grams that triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking under Singapore law.

“The Singapore government still has time to halt the execution of Chijoke Stephen Obioha," said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

"We are dismayed that clemency has not been granted in his case but remain hopeful that they won’t carry out this cruel and irreversible punishment against a person sentenced to the mandatory death penalty for a crime that should not even be punished by death,” he added.

“The death penalty is never the solution. It will not rid Singapore of drugs. By executing people for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of most serious crimes, Singapore is violating international law. Most of the world has turned its back on this ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It is about time that Singapore does the same, starting by restoring a moratorium on all executions as a first step towards abolition of this punishment.”

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