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Lawyers Kick Against Death Penalty

Lawyers Kick Against Death Penalty

The Lawyers Without Borders France also known as Avocats Sans Frontieres France (ASFF) yesterday said it will ensure the abolition of death penalty in the country’s criminal justice system.

In a press statement on the outcome of its Saving Lives project in Benue, Edo and Lagos Wednesday, the agency said the conferences are aimed at sensitizing and discussing with stakeholders in the criminal justice system on the abolition of the death penalty regime and the rights of death row inmates in Nigeria.

It said participants to the conferences urged the National Assembly to enact laws that will “pave way for an alternative to the death sentence in Nigeria’s criminal justice system”.

ASFF stated that the Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, representative of his Benue state counterpart and director Public Prosecution, Mrs Veronica Ayongur and a clergyman Rev Fidelis Arhedo agreed that death sentence is “retributive and not fool proof”.

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