Nigerian Catholic bishops have condemned the recent hanging of four convicted criminals in Edo State.
In a statement signed by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian bishops' conference, the bishops described the executions as “a clear departure from modernity to savagery”.
Kaigama, who also doubles as the president of the bishops’ conference, added that execution of criminals by hanging wasn’t 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 added.
It will be recalled that after a 7-year moratorium on the practice, some death row inmates were hung in June, an act which has attracted condemnation from various quarters home and abroad.