Symbol of justice
By Tobi Soniyi
Following intensive advocacy efforts made by Avocats Sans Frontieres France (ASF France), the governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Ichalla Wada, has granted amnesty to Mr Lasisi Yusuf, a 67 year old convict who has been on death row in Kaduna Prison for nearly 18 years.
A statement issued by ASF's Communications Officer, Esther Akpa Eleojo Esther said Mr Lasisi, a Kogi State indigene was arrested over charges of culpable homicide and was sentenced to death in 1996 by the High Court of Justice in Kogi State.
He was transferred to Kaduna Prison in 1997 and had been on death row since then
Lasisi’s case was taken up by ASF France through the medium of its Saving Lives (SALI) project targeted at promoting international standards on human rights in Nigeria generally and, the restrictive pronouncement of capital punishment and abolition of death penalty specifically.
Other detainees released from incarceration owing to the legal intervention of ASF France include Zuwaira Tukur, Fatima Haruna and Mohammed Isyaku, all of whom were also convicted of capital offences in Kaduna State.