CAPITAL PUNISHNMENT AND CRIME CONTROL IN NIGERIA; AN ETHICAL VIEW

Abstract
Capital punishment as a way to clamp down on high crime rate in Nigeria is contestable and has generated stiff debates between its supporters and opponents. However their distinct views, both parties are unanimous on the fact that killing a human being is a matter of great moral concern which demands that caution must be taken and other alternatives exhausted. It should be if at all, as the last resort. We must be sure to have the strongest, most compelling reasons for doing so. What kinds of reasons do we have for and against death penalty? Is it the protection of human life and the achievement of justice? Is this argument convincing enough? However, many were of the view that if we value human life and desire justice, then is sure to support capital punishment. This argument through sound plausible, but I think if examined painstakingly, it will rather show that such position is mistaken and faulty. This paper aimed at showing that capital punishment is neither an effective defense against crimes reduction nor effective means of achieving desired justice. Therefore we lack justifiable grounds or reasons to punish offenders by death. Agreed it is wrong to kill, then killing to correct a gruesome crime is still killing, and by its ontological nature is wrong and should not be carried out by the state or supported by individuals for reasons being that it is immoral and unethical.

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