Nigeria anti-Death Penalty Group (NDEPELG) held a one-day strategic roundtable on evaluating and revising the punitive aspects of justice administration in Delta State on the 12th of November 2015. LEDAP, a member of the group, has in the past 10years implemented projects on improvement of criminal justice administration in Nigeria through trainings and introduction of good practices in criminal case management
The theme was Roundtable and Training on the Moratorium for the Death Penalty in Nigeria. Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa) facilitated the event, which had in attendance, officials from the Delta StateMinistry of Justice; the Nigerian Prisons Service; the Nigerian Police Force; lawyers from the Nigerian Bar Association, representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists.The roundtable provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss the dangers of the use of death penalty in Nigeria, the necessity for review and consequent abolition of death penalty laws and
the campaign for a moratorium on death penalty in the country through the proposed ‘Death Penalty Moratorium Bill’. The event began at 10:00 am with the arrival and introduction of participants andspecial guests after which Adaobi Egboka (Mrs), Executive Programmes Director, LEDAP, delivered a presentation entitled: The Death Penalty in Nigeria: How far can we go? and Godson Enemuwe, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) delivered a lecture titled – Why abolish the Death Penalty in Nigeria?.
Adaobi Egboka, LEDAP Executive Programmes Manager, then chaired the introduction of the Bill to the roundtable and revealed that Delta was chosen as one of the Pilot States for the review process, after which participants shared their various views and perceptions on the death penalty (capital punishment) in Nigeria.
DSP Godson Enemuwe Delivering a Lecture on the Death Penalty at the Roundtable