The Human Rights Watch has stated that Nigerian court hearings that take place over the internet must be “fair, transparent and effective.”
The comment came after a man was sentenced to death during a Zoom court ruling in Lagos state.
In the quest to stop the spread of coronavirus, all but urgent court sittings in the country have been suspended.
Judge Mojisola Dada, who presided over the online hearing sentenced Olalekan Hameed to [email protected] by hanging for murdering his employer’s mother.
Proceedings lasted almost three hours a number of lawyers and judges, including the attorney general viewing.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty.
According to Nigerian law, [email protected] sentences are approved by state governors before they can be carried out.
The creation of the online court during the coronavirus outbreak shows a commitment to accessing justice the watch said.
However, the group has described the [email protected] sentence as “inherently cruel and inhumane”.