Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and two Nigerians on death row in The Gambia have taken their case to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja.
They are asking the court to urgently stop the impending execution.
The Nigerians involved in the case are: Micheal Ifunanya and Stanley Agbaeze.
In the suit filed Wednesday on behalf of the plaintiffs by Femi Falana, SAN, against the Gambian government, SERAP and the Nigerians are alleging that the threat of execution while they (2nd and 3rd plaintiffs) have been denied the right to appeal “violates their rights to life; to due process of law; to access to justice and judicial independence; to a fair hearing; to appeal, and to effective remedy.”
According to the plaintiffs, “The 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs are among the 48 people on death row in The Gambia. Without allowing them to exhaust their right of appeal, the Gambian government has threatened to execute them and all other persons on death row.”
The plaintiffs also argued that in spite of several appeals made to The Gambian government by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and other organisations, the government carried out the threat and secretly executed nine persons on death row in August 2012.
The names of the nine persons executed by the government are: Lamin B. Darboe; Alieu Bah; Lamin Jarju; Dawda Bojang; Abubacarr Yarbo; Abdoulie Sonko; Lamin F. Jammeh; Gibril Bah and Taraba Samba.
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