RIGHTS COMMISSION CALLS FOR ACTION ON DEATH ROW NIGERIANS
September 24, 2008: Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission called on the government to examine why so many Nigerians are facing the death penalty worldwide.
'More than 50 Nigerians are currently on death row across the globe,' the commission's spokesman, Lambert Oparah, said. 'The situation should be a worry to the government... whose image in the international community is further tarnished by these vicious and heinous criminal activities,' Oparah added. Oparah urged the Nigerian government to examine why Nigerian youths abandoned their country to engage in criminal acts. Oparah, however, said that the government should attempt to convince countries to commute the death sentences to life imprisonment. (Sources: Monsters & Critics, 24/09/2008)