UK counselled Nigeria to Abolish Death Penalty


The British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright has made a appeal to Nigeria on Monday stating that it must eliminate the death penalty on 2016 World Day.

Arkwright asserted, “The British Government believed the death penalty had no place in the modern world and its use undermined human dignity.”

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He added, “There is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, adding that any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.”

In the past two decades, significant rise has been has been seen in several nations that had disposed of the death penalty.

"I am concerned hence, that Nigeria, a model for majority rule government in Africa, still holds capital punishment in its laws."

"In 2013 Nigeria did four executions, the first since 2006."

"At the season of the execution, every one of the four people still had speaks to end their executions, an infringement of worldwide law and I trust Nigerian law as well."

He said while no capital punishment had been actualized since 2013, Nigeria had more than 1,000 detainees on death push, the most noteworthy number of capital punishments in Africa.

"In 2015, Nigeria recorded 171 capital punishments. This year as well, there have been capital punishments passed on by Nigerian courts," he said.

The High Commissioner brought up that death penalty fuelled disdain, fanaticism and fear mongering.

"With the security challenges Nigeria confronts today, some contend that holding capital punishment is an only reaction to psychological oppression.

"My reaction to this view is that there is proof legal executing fills disdain, radicalism and fear based oppression. The genuine hazard is that executing psychological militants can produce numerous more to have their spot," said the British emissary.

Arkwright clarified that numerous African nations had nullified the death penalty including, the direction was especially towards nullification over the mainland.

"African countries like Togo, Burundi, Gabon, Congo and Madagascar have as of late nullified capital punishment.

"Niger, Equatorial Guinea and Eritrea voted in backing of the latest UN General Assembly determination on capital punishment ban without precedent for 2014.


"To date, 35 out of 54 African nations are as of now abolitionist in law or practice, from 21 in 1997," the British emissary said.

As indicated by him, Nigeria, the "mammoth" of Africa, ought to likewise be a main vanguard for the cancelation.

"Today is another open door for Nigeria to focus on erasing the death penalty from its statutes; this will extraordinarily enhance Nigeria's worldwide standing, including on the Human Rights file."

He included that the UK was working with the common society to venture up engagement on this subject and reestablish the sacredness to life that death penalty takes away.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oct. 10 is put aside by nations around the globe to honor the World Day against the Death Penalty.

The day is put aside to think about and follow up on the pressing need to nullify the death penalty around the world.

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