The hanging of four prisoners in Edo state on Monday, first known executions since 2006 has been described by Amnesty International as “a truly dark day for human rights in the country”.
“These executions mark a sudden, brutal return to the use of the death penalty in Nigeria, a truly dark day for human rights in the country,” said Lucy Freeman, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Africa.
The four prisoners were convicted of either armed robbery or murder.
Confirming the development, the Edo State Chief Justice, Henry Idahagbon said they have been on death row for a long time.
Idahagbon said two of the death warrants had been signed by Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and the other two by the previous governor.
“If the international community deems it wrong they should approach the national assembly for review of the law,” he added.
Nigeria has faced international criticism over its death penalty and an estimated 1,000 people are on death row.
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