The Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, who was represented by Sylvester Imahanobe at the launch of amnesty’s report on Global Death Sentences and Executions 2015, in Abuja, said that convicted Boko Haram members could not be sentenced to death because they were tried under the Terrorism Prevention Act.
“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.”
He said they are willing to support whatever bill Amnesty International proposes in regards to the abolition of death sentence because according to him, studies conducted have shown that the death penalty has not stopped people from committing crimes.
He also said that they are working towards making sure that the prison system was corrective and not punitive.