Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has asked state governors to sign the death warrant of 3,008 inmates on death row at custodial facilities across the country as part of decongestion strategies.
Aregbesola stated this in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday while inaugurating the newly constructed headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS in the State.
He lamented that jail congestion is the major headache of the Service.
He expressed that the entire national custodial facilities with a maximum capacity for 57,278 inmates currently has a total population of 68,747 inmates, made up of 67,422 males and 1,325 females.
He also noted that 50,992 inmates, representing 74 per cent of the total population of inmates in the nation’s custodial centres were awaiting trial inmates while only 17,755 inmates which is a mere 26 per cent were the actual convicts.
Aregbesola said: “There are presently 3,008 condemned criminals waiting for their date with the executioners in our meagre custodial facilities. This consists of 2,952 males and 56 females.
“In cases where an appeal has been exhausted and the convicts are not mounting any challenge to their conviction, the state should go ahead, to do the needful and bring closure to their cases.”
via: Information Nigeria