IN Plateau state alone, a total of 248 prisoners are to die by hanging - Official

Neol Ailewon, the controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Plateau command, pleaded with Nigerians for support for the inmates Ailewon also said a total of 1,120 inmates were serving various terms in different prisons in the state A total of 248 Nigerians are awaiting death by hanging in Plateau state after facing trial in various courts, Mr Neol Ailewon, the controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), in the command, has revealed. Vanguard quoted Ailewon as saying in Jos on Monday, July 24, 2017 that the convicts include three females. “We have 248 condemned convicts in custody in the various prisons within this command, of which three of them are females. “For someone to be condemned, it means he has committed a serious offence against the state. “Managing this set of inmates is indeed a difficult task, considering the fact that they know they have been condemned by law. “But as correction officers, we are trained to handle the good, the bad and the ugly, and we try to cater for them while in custody,” he was quoted as saying. According to Ailewon, 1,120 convicts are already serving various jail terms while 516 inmates are awaiting trial in the seven formations under the command. “We don’t have issues handling the convicted inmates, because they are serving their terms in jail and certain of leaving someday. “So they relatively behave well, and in most cases, we use them to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the prisons, and they are the sole beneficiaries of the training on skills that we give our prisoners,” he said while pleading with the government, wealthy individuals and groups to support the service in ensuring proper reformation of the inmates.