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Nigeria Senate seeks to impose death penalty for drug traffickers

This new law amendment, if passed, would make the death penalty the maximum sentence for dealers and importers of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
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The Nigeria Senate recently made headlines with its proposal to impose the death penalty for drug traffickers, a move that has sparked both support and opposition within the country.

This new law amendment, if passed, will replace the current maximum punishment of life imprisonment for individuals found guilty of dealing or importing cocaine, heroin, and other hard drugs into Nigeria.

With a population of over 200 million people, Nigeria has seen a significant rise in drug trafficking in recent years, shifting from being a mere transit point for illegal drugs to becoming a major producer, consumer, and distributor.

The abuse of opioids like tramadol and codeine-containing cough syrups has become a widespread issue in the country, prompting regulatory bodies like the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to take action by banning the production and import of codeine cough syrup in 2018.

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The proposed legislation to impose the death penalty for drug traffickers stems from a report presented by Senator Mohammed Monguno during a recent Senate plenary session.

Supporters of the bill argue that the fear of execution would act as a stronger deterrent to individuals involved in drug trafficking, ultimately curbing the growing addiction problem in Nigeria.

However, some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the irreversible nature of the death penalty and the potential for wrongful convictions.

The House of Representatives had previously passed a version of the bill without the death penalty provision, highlighting the need for further discussion and compromise between the two chambers before it can be presented to the president for approval.

The ultimate decision on whether to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers will have significant implications for the Nigerian justice system and the country’s ongoing battle against drug abuse.

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