The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Friday asked governors to sign the death warrants of convicts on death row who have exhausted all avenues of appeal to free up space in the nation’s correctional facilities. Speaking at the inauguration of the Osun State Command headquarters complex of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Oshogbo on Friday, the minister stressed the need to bring cases involving the inmates to a close. According to him, the nation’s correctional facilities are being stretched by “an overpopulation capacity of 18 percent” with facilities built to serve 57,278 inmates currently holding 68,747 inmates. Aregbesola said to remedy the decongestion, convicts on death row who have used up all means of appeal must be hastened to the gallows. “There are presently 3,008 condemned criminals waiting for their date with the executioners in our meager custodial facilities. This consists of 2,952 males and 56 females,” the minister said.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday said the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano fighter aircraft procured from the US has arrived at Kano. Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement in Abuja. Gabkwet said, “On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has pardoned 136 inmates as part of measures to decongest the correctional centres in the state. On granting the pardon, Ganduje stated that some of the inmates either have ill-health or they have stayed longer than necessary. He then went on to task the inmates to be people of sound character when they are finally reintegrated into society. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Abba Anwar, who made this disclosure via a statement on Wednesday stated that the governor took the decision when he visited Goron-dutse Medium Correctional Centre on Tuesday.
The Court hearing on the extradition of the self-proclaimed Yoruba nation freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho would hold on Thursday (today) in Benin Republic. This was disclosed on Thursday morning by the activist’s spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki during a live update. According to him, “The sitting will be held at 10 am in the morning at the Benin Republic court. “I can confirm, he will have the opportunity to be heard at the Benin Republic court, they respect international law. It will be held today (Thursday) by God’s grace. “The sitting will be held at 10 am in the morning at the Benin Republic court.
Zamfara state police command has disclosed to the public that it has carried out a successful security operation in the state which saw about 100 kidnapped victims regaining their freedom from bandits at Kabaro forest in Maru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. Police spokesperson, Muhammad Shehu, who made this disclosure a statement in Gusau, the state capital, on Tuesday stated that the victims, mostly women, and children who were kidnapped on June 8 would have to undergo medical checks before being reunited with their families