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NIGERIA: 1,639 INMATE ON DEATH ROW – PRISONS SERVICE

February 27, 2016: The Nigeria Prisons Service stated  that 1,639 inmates are awaiting execution in various prisons across the country.
The Public Relations Officer of Prisons, Francis Emorde, said the the last time the Service carried out execution was in 2013.
He explained that the unwillingness of the state governors to sign execution orders as directed by law is the reason for the high number of death row inmates in the country.
Figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), shows the number of death row inmates have increased drastically in the last four years. Sixteen people were on death row 2007, 92 in 2008, 31 in 2009, 56 in 2010, and 72 in 2011, with the latest statement from the Prisons Service confirming that the figure has swelled to 1, 639.
In 2014, 659 death sentences were recorded, a jump of more than 500 compared with the 2013 figures – 141.
The dramatic rise in the death sentence is attributed to the mass death sentences passed on soldiers, who were convicted of mutiny in the context of the armed conflict with Boko Haram terrorists in the North, by military courts. (Source: The New Telegraph, 28/02/2016)

PAKISTAN HANGS BODYGUARD WHO KILLED BLASPHEMY REFORM GOVERNOR
BANGLADESH: PARLIAMENT PASSES COAST GUARD BILL WITH DEATH SENTENCE FOR MUTINY
PAKISTAN: TWO BROTHERS TO BE HANGED OVER ‘HONOUR KILLINGS’
TANZANIA: APPEAL COURT CONFIRMS TWO DEATH SENTENCES
INDIA: NINE CULPRITS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 13-YEAR-OLD CHITRAKOOT MASSACRE
PAKISTAN: DEATH ROW PRISONER HANGED IN ADIALA JAIL
PAKISTAN: TWO DEATH ROW CONVICTS HANGED
SOMALIA: MILITARY COURT SENTENCES ALLEGED AL-SHABAAB MEMBERS
LIBERIA: KAKATA COURT SENTENCES KILLERS TO DEATH BY HANGING AND 50-YEAR IMPRISONMENT
PAKISTAN: FOUR PRISONERS HANGED
BANGLADESH: TWO KILLERS OF RU PROFESSOR MOHAMMAD YUNUS GET DEATH SENTENCE REDUCED TO LIFE TERM FOLLOWING RETRIAL
UAE: DEATH SENTENCE FOR ALGERIAN WHO KILLED MAN AND STOLE DH1M IN CASH
ZIMBABWE: GOVT TO ELIMINATE DEATH PENALTY - MNANGAGWA
SYRIA: TWO TEEN GIRLS STONED TO DEATH BY ISIS FOR 'ADULTERY' AS THE MEN GET 50 LASHES
PAKISTAN: TWO DEATH ROW PRISONERS HANGED IN SAHIWAL
UTAH (USA): SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL TO END THE DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI KIDNAPPER EXECUTED
JORDAN: THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING OFFICERS
POPE CALLS FOR WORLDWIDE ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS THE DEATH SENTENCE OF A JUVENILE OFFENDER
IRAQ: 40 SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER 2014 TIKRIT MASSACRE
BURUNDI: DEFENSE MINISTER REQUESTS REINTRODUCTION OF DEATH PENALTY
IRAQ: ISIS EXECUTE A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY BY BEHEADING AFTER HE IS CAUGHT LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC
GEORGIA (USA): TRAVIS HITTSON EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE CONVICTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS BEHEADED
JORDAN: NEW SENTENCES TO DEATH WILL BE EXECUTED
VIETNAM: DEATH ROW INMATE FOUND PREGNANT, 4 OFFICERS SUSPENDED
BANGLADESH: MAN TO WALK GALLOWS FOR KILLING TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS
BELARUS: TRIPLE MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH
TEXAS (USA): GUSTAVO GARCIA EXECUTED

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