79 inmates on death row in Gombe

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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