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Saturday Newswatch

-Tradition built on T Truth ruth

Vol. 1, No. 10 16

Saturday, Saturday, March May 4, 23, 2013 2013


1000 condemned criminals await death Akin Orimolade, Editor, Northern Operation


As Nigerians shun hangman job ‘Executioners live in perpetual fear’

ven in the face of biting unemployment, there is, surprisingly, one vocation that Nigerians do not seem interested to touch with a long pole: job of a hangman. The hangman is a person who carries out a death sentence ordered by the state or other legal authorities. Usually, he is given a warrant authorising or ordering him to execute the sentence. The warrant protects the hangman from murder charge. But lately in Nigeria, the ranks of hangmen aka executioners have been drastically depleted, resulting in the swelling of the population of prisoners on death row in various confinements across the country. Saturday Newswatch learnt that there are currently only two active hangmen in the system, and both men are said to be old and weary. A National Prison Audit carried out by the National Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and NORAD for 20072008 confirmed more than 604 prisoners on death row across special prison locations in the country. The number has since increased to 1000 as at last year. Indeed, the arduous and difficult task of the two licensed executioners may further be compounded as some state Vice President Namadi Sambo (middle), Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun (right) and Mr Isa Odidi (2nd lefft) and his wife Amina during Continued on Page 2

a tour of a Pharmaceutical company owned by the Odidis in Toronto, Canada.

JAMB results out, 68,309 candidates await theirs Esther Bakare, Abuja


ixed reactions yesterday trailed the results of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which was held last week. Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, announced the results yesterday at a news con-

ference in Bwari, Abuja. The registrar said after thorough processing of answer scripts of the candidates that sat for the examination, the board discovered some forms of malpractices perpetrated during the conduct of the examination. The board, however, withheld 12,110 results for possible disciplinary actions.

“Meanwhile, the results of 68,309 candidates from various centres are undergoing further screening to ascertain the culpability of 12,110 candidates’ results,” Ojerinde said. No fewer than 1,629,102 candidates applied to sit for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT), while 15,008 candidates applied for the Dual Based Continued on Page 2



1000 condemned criminals await death