No fewer than 3,298 inmates across the custodial centres in Nigeria are on death row, the Nigerian Correctional Service has revealed. It’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Abubakar Umar, who dis- closed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja, however, said the term “condemned criminal” had been abrogated.
With the emergence of the NCoS Act 2019 which made the prisons correctional centres, the term “condemned criminal” was abrogated as it is stigmatising, he explained. He said the service preferred to use a more friendly term of ‘In- mates on Death Row.’
He pointed out that death sentences were not always carried out immediately they were imposed. He said: “There are often long periods of uncertainty for the convicted while their cases are being appealed at higher levels. Some offenders have been executed more than 15 years after their convictions.
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“They were basically awaiting the hangman’s noose in our custodial centres after being found guilty of capital offences.”