20 March 2023 :
The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) says it has at least 125 inmates on death row in its facilities in Gombe and Bauchi states.
NCoS officials confirmed this while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the death penalty in Gombe and Bauchi.
The Controller of Corrections in Gombe, Lawal Gusau, said the service has 94 inmates, including 93 males and one female, on death row in its facility in the state.
He said the inmates were awaiting execution of the death penalty.
According to him, there are 1,692 inmates in the state as of February 28, 2023.
He said 94 of the 1,692 inmates were on death row and seven lifers, while 770 convicted inmates and 821 were awaiting trial.
In Bauchi, about 31 inmates on death row were awaiting execution in the state.
The statistics officer, NCoS, Bauchi State Command, DSC Abdullahi Usman, said seven men were awaiting execution by stoning.
“Most of the inmates on death row in Bauchi are not indigenes of the state; they were brought in from other states.
“This is as a result of apprehension and pressure from the inmates’ family when incarcerated in facilities domiciled in their state of origin,” he said.
He said the service was awaiting for Executive Order (EO) by the respective state governments before carrying out the execution as passed by courts of competent jurisdiction.