Like his Edo State counterpart, governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, says he would sign the death warrant of any person sentenced to death by courts in the state.
Aliyu said this in Minna on Wednesday when the assistant comptroller of Prisons in charge of Zone “D” comprising Niger, Kebbi, Kwara, Sokoto, Zamfara and FCT commands, Abubakar Falke, paid him a courtesy visit.
“Let me know how many inmates are on death row in Niger State and I will sign the death warrant because it is my job,” he said.
He, however, urged individuals and society to treat prison inmates and ex-convicts well so as to assist them to resume normal life after serving their sentences.
The governor also said it would be good if the prison authorities collaborate with the state government to ensure the welfare of prisoners, even as he promised to provide vehicles to the command in the state to ease movement of inmates to court.
Earlier, Falke told the governor that the number of inmates in the eight prisons in the state was 1,039, adding that out of the number, 442 had been convicted while 597 were awaiting trial.
He noted however, that no convicted person of Niger State origin was serving jail term in the state.
The comptroller lamented that the prison command in the state had only six vehicles for its eight formations and 155 courts and appealed to the governor to assist the command with vehicles.