After spending 19 years behind bars, a death row inmate, Thankgod Ebhos is about to be released from the Benin prison, Edo State.
Ebhos is one of nine prisoners whose release order was approved to commemorate Nigeria’s 54th Independence Day celebration by Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State.
Ebhos came into the limelight in June 2013 when he narrowly escaped execution alongside the famous four inmates of Benin prison after their death sentence warrants were signed by the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Ebhos, the fifth inmate, was actually taken to the gallows but was not hanged unlike the four who did not escape the hangman’s noose.
The campaign for Thankgod’s Ebhos release began with the intervention of the international human rights organisation, Avocats Sans Frontieres France, ASF France, on the platform of their death penalty project, Saving Lives, SALI.