12 February 2017
British High Commissioner, Paul T. Arkwright, has supported the position of European Union Heads of Mission against death penalty in Nigeria.
The EU has been campaigning for an end to execution of prisoners on death row.
The commissioner recalled that on 1st February, 2017, Lagos State signed a law authorizing death penalty for anyone convicted of kidnapping where the victim dies.
He also regretted that as recently as 23 December, 2016, Nigeria witnessed the execution of three prisoners by Edo State government.
Arkwright added that “These actions have undermined the progress Nigeria made in upholding the moratorium on the death penalty.
“I fully associate myself with the recent call by EU Heads of Mission for Nigeria to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty that has been in place since 2006.
“We remain open to working with the Nigerian government and civil society to push forward the debate towards abolition of the death penalty”.