79 inmates on death row in Gombe


Chima Azubuike, Gombe

NO fewer than 79 inmates have been confirmed to be on death row across the four active custodial centres in Gombe State.

The PUNCH gathered that nine women, whose offences ranged from murder and culpable homicide, were also on death row.

According to state Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service, Mohammed Indabawa, a lot is being done to ensure “soft landing” for the men and women.

See also  Niger secures release of abducted passengers

However, on investigation, our correspondent observed that some inmates outside the death row, especially a nursing mother, was held for failing to pay N40,000 debt to her creditor.

The controller explained that the Committee on Prerogative of Mercy had yet to decide on the fate of the 79 men and women after which they would recommend way out for the governor to approve or pardon or grant them lighter sentences.

See also  Imo federal poly shuts department over COVID-19 scare

Indabawa said, “A particular woman amongst them was recently asked and she confessed to killing her husband. When asked why, she said, for long, she laboured with her husband, but when improvement came, he went to marry a second wife. When dispute erupted, she killed the new wife.”

Copyright PUNCH.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: theeditor@punchng.com

See also  Okonjo-Iweala arrives Nigeria on working visit


p style="text-align: justify;">


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply