Nigeria to execute 5th death row inmate

2013-06-26 19:14

Lagos - Amnesty International says Nigeria is preparing to execute a fifth man, who had won a reprieve earlier this week after being taken to the gallows where four other convicted murderers were hanged. This man is to be shot by a firing squad.

Human rights lawyers say all five had been on death row for 16 years and more under sentences issued by courts when Nigeria was under a military dictatorship notorious for its unfair trials and for torturing prisoners to sign confessions.

Those circumstances in a country where capital punishment is mandatory for murder and armed robbery have the European Union and outraged human rights activists asking Wednesday why Nigeria is ending a seven-year moratorium on death sentences.

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged state governors to sign death warrants.

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-06-26 19:47

    Two problems I see here. Firstly, 16 years is far too long a time to keep someone on death row as way too much tax money would have been spent keeping them alive. Keep it to 3 years max, which gives sufficient time for appeals but is still cost-effective. Secondly, death by firing squad is a terrible choice. Ammunition certainly isn't cheap and the blood spatter takes ages to clean and bleach off the wall and floor. My solution is to hang the buggers - rope is cheap and reusable and hanging is quick and clean. Damn EU shouldn't be commenting as their prisons are like holiday resorts... goddamn disgraceful.

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2013-06-26 21:43

    Why don't these human rights activists build their own humane detention facilities somewhere offshore where we can send all our murderers, rapists and robbers? Then everyone can be happy.

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-06-26 22:25

    if at first you don't succeed try shooting.

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