Abuja - Nigerian Catholic Bishops called on government to repeal the death sentence and condemned the recent execution of several convicted criminals in Edo State.
In a statement signed by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference, described the executions as “a clear departure from modernity to savagery”.
Kaigama added that the execution of the criminals by hanging was not the best solution to criminality.
“We believe that the actions aimed at reforming criminals will do better good to the society than capital punishment,” he said.
After a seven-year moratorium on the practice, some death row inmates were hung in June, an act which has attracted condemnation from various quarters at home and abroad.
Capital punishment in Nigeria can only be abolished through a review of the constitution.
- CAJ News