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    Nigerian biology professor Dr. Justin Obi went to the gallows on Friday (19 November) in?

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    Nigerian biology professor Dr. Justin Obi went to the gallows on Friday (19 November) in Liberia's first public hanging for 27 years. Thousands--including women and children--thronged a Monrovia prison compound to see his execution. He was convicted for killing the Episcopal Bishop of Liberia and a church official two years ago to the day.

    Dr. Obi, 65, who remained calm and composed throughout, told the crowd and a radio audience: "I have no malice nor hate for anyone. I go to my creator with joy". During his trial, Dr. Obi admitted shooting the bishop--American negro Dillard Brown--but said he had only intended to scare him with his gun.

    SYNOPSIS: On Friday in Monrovia, Nigerian biology professor Justin Obi went to the gallows in Liberia's first public hanging for 27 years.

    Dr. Obi, 65, received holy communion from a Roman Catholic priest. He'd been convicted for killing the Episcopal Bishop of Liberia and a church official two years ago to the day. At his trial Dr. Obi admitted shooting the Bishop -- American negro Dillard Brown -- but, added he'd only intended to scare him with a gun. Once he started shooting, he said, he couldn't stop.

    Thousands--including weeping women and children--looked on from the prison compound. Dr. Obi, clutching a bible, remained composed throughout. He told the crowd and a large radio audience that he had no malice nor hate for anyone. "I go to my Creator with joy" he said. He continued quoting the bible, saying "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
    In court, Dr. Obi claimed he had learned that certain non-African organisations--including the American Peace Corps and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -- were trying to interfere in Liberian politics. After waving goodbye to the crowd, Dr. Obi entered the gallows house in silence and mounted the platform. His wife and child were in the United States.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7F7H0IW8DJ6BG4OOVJXIZ0S7B
    Media URN:
    VLVA7F7H0IW8DJ6BG4OOVJXIZ0S7B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    N/A

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