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Nigeria classifies offenses as simple or misdemeanors. The felonies encompass the most serious forms of offenses. The death penalty mainly accompanies capital offenses such as those captured in the Capital Code. These include homicide that allows punishment under the Penal Code, invasion of Nigeria, treason as well as armed robbery as noted under the Miscellaneous Provision of the Robbery and Firearms Act. Once an offender pleads guilty to a capital offense, the judge’s jurisdiction does not allow for a detour. The hands of a judge would only be tied towards imposing the death penalty. The recurrence of the word “shall” makes it mandatory for death to be imposed (Donohue & Justin, 2005).