Nigeria Correctional Service Reports Zero Executions in 2023, Highlights Inmate Statistics and Rehabilitation Efforts

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has disclosed that no executions of inmates on death row were carried out across custodial centers in 2023. In a statement on Friday, NCoS spokesperson, Abubakar Umar, revealed that as of April 15, 2024, there were 3,504 inmates on death row, comprising 73 females and 3,431 males.

The revelation comes amidst discussions surrounding the execution of death sentences and efforts to address congestion in correctional facilities. Former Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, previously urged state governors to sign death warrants of inmates to alleviate overcrowding.

Umar clarified that the last execution occurred in 2016 in Edo State under the administration of former governor, Adam Oshiomole. Despite the absence of executions in the past year, the option remains within the criminal justice system pending executive action.

Highlighting the international discourse on the abolition of death sentences, Umar acknowledged the advocacy efforts of human rights groups. He emphasized that while executions have not occurred recently, the legal framework for such actions still exists.

Regarding rehabilitation efforts, Umar noted that inmates have access to reformatory programs, including skill empowerment and academic opportunities. He cited recent graduates from the National Open University of Nigeria as examples of successful rehabilitation outcomes.

Umar highlighted the transformation of some inmates who become well-behaved and industrious, recommending them for clemency or pardon. The NCoS remains committed to facilitating positive reintegration into society for inmates willing to reform.


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