Nigeria: ‘Waiting for the hangman’

More than 720 men and 11 women are under sentence of death in Nigeria’s prisons. They have one thing in common, beyond not knowing when they will be put to death. They are poor. From their first contact with the police, through the trial process, to seeking pardon, those with the fewest resources are at a serious disadvantage. Amnesty International and the Nigerian NGO Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) are calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a moratorium on executions, in line with the recommendations of its own experts.

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