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Public Execution of Armed Robber | Bar Beach, Lagos | April 1972

Wednesday, April 12 1972.

Footage of the execution by firing squad of a man convicted of armed robbery in Nigeria. The execution took place at Victoria Island’s Bar Beach in Lagos. Armed robbery and executions increased after the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970.

Source: Reuters News Archive.


The relevant law was the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Decree 1970 Section 1 (3) which provided the following:

“The sentence of death imposed under this section may be executed by hanging the offender by the neck till he be dead or the offender may suffer death by firing squad as the Military Governor may direct.”

Note: Footage of this execution was used in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1975 film, “The Passenger”, which starred Jack Nicholson as a television journalist traveling in Africa. The scene was fictionalised as the execution of a political leader.

West African Military Rulers: 1960s-1990s


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