April 8, 2016
Why Convicted And Guilty Boko Haram Members Cannot Be Executed
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami has said that guilty and convicted Boko Haram members cannot be executed.
Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami
The Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami has explained why convicted members of the Boko Haram sect cannot be executed.
While speaking at the launch of amnesty’s report on Global Death Sentences and Executions 2015, in Abuja, Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, explained that the laws under which the insurgents were tried, does not prescribe death sentence.
He was represented at the occasion by Sylvester Imahanobe, who 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.”