Activists seek alternative penalties for armed robbery

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Two rights groups, the Access to Justice (A2Justice) and the Avocats Sans Frontèires France, have filed a suit at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to challenge the mandatory imposition of the death penalty by courts for armed robbery.

They seek to overturn all death sentences passed under laws that denied courts the jurisdiction to impose alternative sentences.

The plaintiffs argued that the imposition of mandatory death penalty pursuant to Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act and similar provisions is unconstitutional and inconsistent with the 1999…



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