Christopher Tobi Okolie, a former student of the Federal Technical College, Ilesha was arrested in 2000 when he was accused of committing the offence of murder while he was involved in an altercation with a few of his neighbours pertaining to a Discman player.. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death in March, 2006.
“Death row is a hard place; it’s the grace of God one needs to survive there”.
Following the appeal against his conviction and sentence, filed by LEDAP, a panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division on 7th February, 2011, quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial, but this was not enforced and LEDAP filed an application for a discharge before the Hon. Justice O. A. Taiwo, thus enabling the young man to regain his freedom after 14 years in prison. With tears of joy in his eyes, Okolie, who has a good command of English Language, attributed his being alive to the grace of God. His constant phrase was “Death row is a hard place; it’s the grace of God one needs to survive there”.