Case File of Convict Seeking Appeal Goes Missing

A man on death row, Ganiyu Onabanjo, seeking to appeal his conviction has discovered that the records of his case have gone missing.
Onabanjo’s case was taken over by the Centre for Justice, Mercy and Reconciliation, which sought to file appeal against his conviction.
The convict was arrested on allegation of armed robbery on June 9, 2006 and subsequently sentenced to death on October 9, 2009 by a Lagos High Court.
Director of the centre, Mr. Hezekiah Olujobi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan that they have been trying to get the court records of the convict, to no avail.

“He was sentenced to death on October 9, 2009 by Justice Dada, on suit number LD/155C/07, The state Vs Ganiyu Onabanjo, from Lagos State High Court, which was transferred to Ogun.
There was a renovation of the Lagos judiciary archives in 2010, which led to the misplacement of court records and made us not to be able to trace the court records to file further appeal in the higher court.
“We wrote letters to the Lagos State Chief Judge in 2016 and 2017 regarding this, but received no response” he said.

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