About 100 hundred persons sentenced to death are currently languishing in detention in correctional facilities located in various parts of the ancient city of Kano, Judicial Sketch can reveal.
Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Correctional Services, DSP Musbahu Kofar Nassarawa, who confirmed the number of condemned inmates, expressed the optimism that with the establishment of the Kano division of the Court of Appeal, cases of condemned persons would be speedily addressed.
Nassarawa, who did not conceal his worries over the unfriendly conditions caused by overcrowding in the major correctional facilities, said it is anticipated that the modern correctional facility currently under construction at Janguza Quarters, when completed, would ease the plight of inmates in Kano.
According to him, sanitary conditions at the existing correctional facilities have improved tremendously, adding that inmates are detained in accordance with the provisions of relevant legal instruments on prisons and the Administration Of Criminal Justice Laws.
He said “we are no longer in the era when condemned inmates are bind with hand and leg chains.
Musibau further said “with the coming of the Kano division of the Court of Appeal, we will now witness decongestion in cases of death sentence inmates, more people will now appeal their cases. There is sure going to be improvements, in terms of the congestion.”