Lagos - The British High Commission has welcomed
the release of two prisoners that were facing the death sentence in Kaduna
The prisoners were released in Benin City recently.
In a statement, the commission hoped this would set a precedent for other states to uphold the moratorium on the use of
the death penalty in Nigeria.
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The commission sid the United Kingdom, along with other European Union
Member States, was opposed to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.
According to the commission, the population of prisoners on death row in
Nigeria has increased by almost 5 percent annually, from 610 persons in 2005 to 1220 persons in
"Nearly all death row inmates are Nigerian and many are mentally ill or in
deteriorating ill-heath," the commission bemoaned.
It said since 2011, legal groups had assisted with the legal defence of several prisoners facing the death sentence, most often
resulting in their exoneration.
- CAJ News