The Ondo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adekola Olawoye, has said the state has no plan to abolish death sentence.
There have been calls from some quarters for the abolition of death sentence in Ondo State, but Olawoye insisted that the state government has no such plan.
He disclosed that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu would soon sign the death warrant of those who have been sentenced to death in the state.
Olawoye stated this on Wednesday on the premises of the state High Court, Akure, after the court sentenced one Seidu Adeyemi to death for killing Khadijat, the daughter of a former deputy governor of the state, Lasisi Oluboyo.
Olawoye argued that it was very imperative for law to take its course, and that anybody who kills should also be killed.
He said, “Life is not a property of anybody, nobody has the right to take the life of fellow men, except as allowed and permitted by the law.
“Even in advanced countries where they advocate abolition of death penalty, they still kill people found guilty of murder.
“Like the judgment we just heard today, somebody killed his girlfriend and removed her body parts and buried her in his room.
“How do you expect us to abolish death sentence with that? This is the rule of law; no sentiment about it.
“When a case of this nature gets to the Supreme Court and it is confirmed that such a person should be killed, then the aspect of the governor, who has the constitutional right to confirm and sign the death sentence, will come into play.
“We have so many of them that have been convicted, but I want to assure you that my ministry will do things proactively to see that these convicts will be executed.
“Mr. Governor will sign their death warrant.”
While commending the judgment of the high court, which sentenced the killer to death, Olawoye said it was ” a victory for the rule of law”