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3,167 Inmates On Death Row – NCoS Says 74,824 Inmates In Nigerian Prisons

 The Nigeria Correctional Service has revealed that 3,167 inmates are on death row. 

 

NO fewer than 3,167 inmates across the custodial centres in Nigeria are on death row, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has revealed.

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Newsonline reports that the Spokesperson of NCoS, Mr Abubakar Umar disclosed this at a media parley on Thursday in Abuja.

Umar said the number is out of the total of 74,824 inmates who are behind bars in Nigerian prisons across the country as of December 12, 2022.

They comprise 3,105 males and 62 females, he told newsmen.

He added that the correctional centres currently have 19,140 male and 339 female convicts.

“As of Monday, Dec. 15, we have 74,824 inmates in the correctional centres.

“Also in the correctional centres are 50,955 male and 1,223 female awaiting-trial persons,’’ he said.

 

He added that the service had migrated from punitive to restorative and corrective approaches to offenders’ management.

This, he said, was reflected in the staff’s outward appearance, a mental construct, policy approach and every other endeavour of the service.

Earlier, Principal Staff Officer at the service, Mamman Salisu said personnel of the service had been trained to confront external attacks.

Salisu said more weapons had been acquired and personnel placed on red alert to avert further attack on the custodial centres.

“Before now, our men were trained to prevent attack from within, but they have now been trained to counter external attacks on our facilities.

“Arms and ammunition have been procured and we now have a presidential directive that anyone who attacks the custodial centres should not leave to tell the story.

“Our men have been put on red alert to gun down anyone who intrudes on our custodial centres,’’ Salisu said.

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