Six death-row inmates in Bauchi still in prison 10 years after conviction


Sulaiman Suleiman, Controller of Prison in Bauchi State, says six death row inmates and 10 others who were sentenced to amputation are still awaiting their fate more than 10 years after their conviction.

Suleiman made this known in a statement he issued on Friday, explaining that the inmates were convicted by sharia courts on various offences.

The six death-row inmates were supposed to die by stoning.

Suleiman commended the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Rabi Umar, for her frequent visits to the prisons and her commitment to ensuring that the convicts know their fate soonest.

He said Umar had assured that a team of lawyers were studying the cases in order to come up with the appropriate legal steps to bring an end to the prolonged incarceration.

According to Sulaiman, some of the inmates had spent more than 13 years in the prison without the execution of their sentences.

“The chief judge has also promised to review the cases of other inmates as part of the 3rd quarter jail delivery exercise before the year runs out,” he stated.

The Bauchi State prison service also said it had written to the state governor on the inmates’ plight.

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