Drug Traffickers to Face Death Penalty as Senate Passes Controversial Bill

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In a controversial move, the Nigerian Senate has approved a bill that imposes the death penalty on individuals convicted of drug trafficking. The decision was made during a plenary session on [date] and has sparked intense debate among lawmakers and human rights advocates.

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The amendment bill, which was presented by Senator Mohammed Monguno, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, seeks to strengthen the operations of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The bill proposes a death sentence for drug traffickers, instead of the current life sentence.

The proposal was met with mixed reactions from lawmakers, with some arguing that the punishment is too harsh, while others believe it is necessary to combat the growing drug problem in the country. When the matter was put to a voice vote, it initially seemed that the nays had it, but upon a second vote, the Deputy Senate President ruled in favor of the “ayes.

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The decision sparked a brief uproar, with some lawmakers expressing their displeasure over the hasty consideration and passage of the amended clause. Senator Adams Oshiomhole was among those who voiced his concerns, arguing that matters of life and death should not be treated hurriedly.

Despite the opposition, the bill was subsequently read for the third time and passed by the Senate. The move has raised concerns among human rights groups, who argue that the death penalty is a violation of the right to life and may not be an effective deterrent to drug trafficking.

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The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration and approval before it can be signed into law by the President.



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