54% of Lagos residents want death row convicts executed

More than half of all Lagos residents want the government to execute convicted prisoners on death row, a survey by the government has shown.

The survey showed 54 per cent of those polled said the government should not spare the convicts.

The revelation came as the government announced Wednesday that it was retaining the use of the death penalty in the state’s Criminal Justice Law.

Ade Ipaye, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Mr. Ipaye said the council arrived at the decision after a survey showed that majority of Lagos residents were in support of capital punishment in the criminal justice system of the state.

The attorney-general said majority of the respondents were of the view that the retention of the death penalty would serve as deterrence against violent crimes, such as murder and armed robbery.

Mr. Ipaye said following several abolition campaigns and international advocacy which were addressed to the government, the council considered the proposition to abolish or retain the death penalty in its laws.

“In taking its decision, the state commissioned an empirical research that surveyed the perception of Lagos residents and elicited their opinion on the abolition debate, including the question whether they believe the death penalty currently deters violent crime.

“The survey was undertaken in two categories: public survey (random selection of 2,000 members of the public) and the experts’ survey (selected 100 persons who have close contact with the criminal justice process and systems).

“Majority of the respondents surveyed supported the use of the death penalty in Lagos State.

“The survey also revealed that over 54 per cent of the respondents advised the Lagos State Government to execute convicts on death row,” Mr. Ipaye said.

According to him, a large number of respondents also believed that the death penalty should be retained because it serves positive retributive and deterrence purposes.

(NAN)

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