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Nigeria Senate Approves Death Penalty for Convicted Drug Traffickers

Boom RadioNG | May 9, 2024

The Senate has today approved the death penalty for drug traffickers in the country while passing the 2024 NDLEA Act (Amendment) Bill.

The proposal was adopted today when the Senate dissolved into a committee of the whole for a clause-by-clause consideration of a report of the Chairman of the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters and Drugs & Narcotics National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024, Senator Tahir Munguno.

In a review of the penalty provisions of the bill, a proposed amendment was set to award a death sentence to drug traffickers rather than just a life sentence was raised by the Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Ali Ndume and Sen. Peter Nwebonyi Under clause 11.

Nigeria Senate Plenary session 2023 photo credit Tope Brown

When the matter was put to a voice vote, it appeared the nays had it. However, when the question was put on a second vote, the Deputy senate President ruled in favour of the i’s even though a slight uproar ensued as some lawmakers were displeased.

Senator Adams Oshiomhole expressed his displeasure over what he considered a hasty consideration and passage of the amended clause.

The Deputy Senate President rejected an objection by Senator Oshiomhole to reverse the ruling, insisting that it came late which is against the rules.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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