A Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Mr Abdulkareem Dauda, has advocated an amendment to the relevant laws governing corruption to include death penalty for those public officers convicted for corrupt practices.
Mr. Dauda said death sentence for those found guilty of corruption was justifiable, considering the multiplier effects of corruption, which destroyed every sector of the society.
He added that “if an armed robber who kills one or two persons or robbed at gunpoint gets a death sentence, what of a corrupt government official whose action destroys many lives?”
He said corruption was a more dangerous offence than armed robbery and should, therefore, attract stiffer punishment in order to deter others.
“In my opinion, corruption should attract death penalty. People who are saying that corruption should attract death penalty are justified when you look at the many consequences of corruption on the society”.