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NGO canvasses abolition of death penalty

Abuja—A Non-governmental Organisation, Human Right Writers Association, HRWAN, has criticised the decision by the Federal Government to execute all the convicted persons serving death penalties as a way of decongesting prisons.

Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, the Chief Operating Officer of HRWAN, made the criticism while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

Governor Theodore Orji of  Abia said on Tuesday after the 11th National Conference of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development that the Federal Government decided to carry out the execution to decongest the prisons.

Onwubiko called on the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and all the state governors not to go ahead with the policy, saying the execution would amount to an abuse of human rights.

“Life cannot be restored after it has been terminated,’’ he said.

Onwubiko recommended that the death penalty be replaced with life imprisonment with no option of fine.


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