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News - July 24, 2017

Plateau to hang 248 prisoners

Mr. Neol Ailewon, Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) Plateau Command, says 248 prisoners are on death row in prisons across the state.

Ailewon told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Monday, that the condemned convicts, which included three female, hail from different parts of the country.

“We have 248 condemned convicts in custody in the various prisons within this command, of which three of them are female.

“For someone to be condemned, it means he has committed a serious offence against the state.

“Managing this set of inmates is indeed a difficult task, considering the fact that they know they have been condemned by law.

“But as correction officers, we are trained to handle the good, the bad and the ugly, and we try to cater for them while in custody,” he said.

The controller also disclosed that 1,120 convicts were serving various jail terms while 516 inmates are awaiting trial in the seven formations under the command.

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