Under the Nigerian law, offences are broadly divided into felony, misdemeanor and simple offences carry lighter punishment, the felonies always carry the death penalty. However, offences that carry the death penalty are specifically stated under the Nigerian law and they include:
There are –different mode of execution of death sentence under the Nigerian law and they include:
Under the Secular law, the punishment of death is executed by hanging. Under Sharia Law, the punishment by stoning may be substituted with execution by hanging.
Under Sharia law, the punishment of stoning may be substituted with the execution by firing squad.
Stoning, known as “Rajim” under the Sharia Law is a punishment reserved for Muslims; the punishment applies broadly for adultery, rape (if the offender is married), incest (if the offender is married) and homosexual sodomy.
Crucifixion known as “Salb” under the Sharia Law is a punishment for armed robbery resulting in death, when property is actually taken (hirabah). However, the meaning of crucifixion differs from state to state.