Temper justice with mercy, actors beg govt

BY Pamela James

Following the Supreme Court’s approval of Miss Rabi Ismail’s death sentence  in Abuja, Nollywood stars have described the death penalty  as ‘ barbaric and outdated” and therefore appealed  to the government to temper justice with mercy.

Reacting to the judgment, Mr. Segun Arinze, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) said, “in this present age, death penalty should be the  last option of punishment for anyone who is found guilty of committing a crime that merits death sentence”. He therefore appealed to the federal government to temper justice with mercy.

“ We have passed this age. I sincerely appeal to the government to temper justice with mercy. Rather than sentencing her to  death  by hanging, they can commute it to life imprisonment.  If actually she is guilty of the offence she has been accused of, let her live with it throughout the rest of her life.” Arinze appealed.

Also reacting to the judgment, actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttal described it as “barbaric  and unacceptable in this 21st century.” Expressing shock, she muted ,”it’s terrible and I don’t subscribe to it. It’s barbaric  in this 21st century. We shouldn’t  be asking  government to temper mercy with justice. ”

Government should tamper justice with mercy. We  are not in the medieval age.”
For AMP president, Paul Obazele who was dumbfounded upon hearing the news, death penalty should  be unthinkable.
Rabi Ismaila, an actress based in Kano has been standing trial since 2002, after she allegedly administered sedative drugs on her boyfriend, Mr. Ibrahim Auwalu ailas Zazu. She was sentenced to death in 2005.

Ismail had gone to the Supreme Court, to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal Kano Division that convicted and sentenced her to death by hanging.

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