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Nigeria may execute 2,742 inmates on death row if… —Ja’afaru Ahmed

The Controller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed on Thursday, said the agency was working on quick execution of 2,742 inmates on death row. Ahmed spoke at a news conference in Abuja. He said that the agency would no longer accept unstable persons in its custody.

The Correctional Service boss noted that the approving authorities were working to either approve the execution of those on death row or to have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

According to him, the major provisions of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act which was recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari was more than a mere change of nomenclature.

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He revealed that there were at present 13 lunatics in its Correctional facility in Enugu, explaining that with the new law, the service now has the power to reject mentally unstable suspects.

He said: “As of Monday, September 2, the service had 2,742 inmates on death row. We are compiling their list and I am sure a good number of them have exhausted their appeal and are waiting for the approving authority to either approve their execution or commute them to a life sentence.

“The law also talks about rejection of lunatics. Right now, we have 13 lunatics in our Enugu facility,” said Ahmed.

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