Nigerian Drug Trafficker, Chijioke Obioha, Executed In Singapore • Catholic Ministry To Claim His Body For Burial

Nigerian death row convict, Chijoke Stephen Obioha was executed in Singapore in the early hours of Friday morning, after a Court of Appeal dismissed an Urgent Criminal Motion filed by his lawyer, Mr Joseph Chen, on Thursday.

A Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaigner, Ravi Mravi, who assisted Chijioke with his case until his execution, confirmed the killing on his Facebook.

He wrote: "This morning, at 6am, the execution of Chijioke Stephen Obioha took place. I am not even sure if his family from Nigeria were able to attend. Soon it will be all forgotten together with Chijioke’s name, but for the many of us who fight and campaign to eradicate this barbaric practice of death by hanging, and for those of us who challenge the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore, our work will go on. And it must.

"I'm currently arranging with the Roman Catholic Prison Ministry ( RCPM) to claim the body of Chijioke from the Singapore Prisons Service for a proper funeral in accordance with his religious beliefs.The funeral will take place either today or tomorrow depending on how soon the SPS could release the body."

Chijoke Obioha  spent almost 8 years on death row and more than 9 years behind bars before his execution.

He was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to the Mandatory Death Penalty in 2008 after he was found guilty of trafficking more than 2kg of Cannabis.