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Nigeria has 3,413 inmates awaiting execution on death row, according to the NCoS

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has revealed that there are currently 3,413 inmates on death row in custodial centers nationwide.

Umar Abubakar, the National Public Relations Officer of the NCoS, shared this information during a media briefing in Abuja on Friday.

The breakdown of the Inmates on Death Row (IDR) includes 3,341 males and 72 females. As of December 18, 2023, the total inmate population stood at 77,849, comprising 76,081 males and 1,768 females.

The categories include Convicted inmates (18,935 males and 357 females), Awaiting Trial Persons (52,512 males and 1,324 females), and Lifers (1,293 and 15 females).

Umar Abubakar also highlighted that the substantial number of Awaiting Trial Persons (ATP), constituting 69 percent of the total population, poses a challenge for the Service.

Despite this, efforts are being made to address the issue and provide judicial guarantees for those awaiting trial.

He credited the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, for initiatives that reduced the inmate population, such as the release of 4,086 individuals with fine and/or compensation options.

Additionally, measures like constructing new custodial facilities, strengthening non-custodial alternatives, ensuring logistical support for court duties, and other initiatives are underway to alleviate overcrowding.

In terms of security, Umar Abubakar assured that custodial facilities have been fortified against external attacks and aggression.

As of 2023, there have been no recorded instances of internal insurrection within the facilities. The NCoS remains committed to addressing challenges and improving conditions within the correctional system.


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