Why Nigeria can’t execute Boko Haram convicts

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, explained why convicted members of the Boko Haram sect cannot be executed.

According to Malami, who’s also the Minister of Justice, said the laws under which the insurgents were tried, does not prescribe death sentence.

He disclosed this at the launch of amnesty’s report on Global Death Sentences and Executions 2015, in Abuja.

Represented by Sylvester Imahanobe, the Attorney General promised to work with Amnesty International to stop execution of convicted criminals in the country, if the international human rights body proposed a bill to that effect.

““Terrorists in Nigeria are tried under the Terrorism Prevention Act which does not carry death penalty.”

“That is why even those Boko Haram members, who have been convicted cannot be executed because the maximum sentence prescribed by the law is life sentence.”

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