The Committee for Delta State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy has said that no fewer than 1154 convicted persons are currently awaiting trail, while 900 others are serving various jail terms.
This figure, the committee disclosed to DAILY POST, includes 32 inmates on life imprisonment and 222 condemned convicts.
Chief Patrick Okpakpor the chairman of the committee said that other members of the Council, including the Secretary, Barr. Mrs. Uju Monye, Barr. Krees Njuokuemeni, Dr. Samuel Efetobor, Barr. John Okoriko, Hon. Mrs. Irene Imilar and Mrs. Paulina Egbon were inaugurated by the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on the 30th of March, 2017 to help in decongesting prisons in the state.
According to Chief Okpakor “during the Council’s visit to the Warri Medium Security Prison popularly known as Okere Prison, 222 inmates were discovered to be on death row, out of which 4 are females.”
However, members of the Council had interactions with the convicted inmates in all the prisons and they were encouraged not to give up on their dreams, adding that the period of their incarceration should afford them the opportunity to have deep sober reflections and change their ways.
They were also reminded of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration commitment to better the lives of all Deltans, including that of prisoners, so that when they return to society, they will become useful to themselves and the society.
In Agbor Prison, a 39-year-old man, who was sentenced to 14 years for defiling a 4-year-old child, received bashing from the Secretary of the Committee, Barr. Mrs. Uju Monye for such an atrocity.
She told him point blank that he does not deserve clemency because of his act of wickedness against the innocent child. The bashing came on the heels of the lack of remorse displayed by the convict when he appeared before the Chairman and members of the Council.
Chief Okpakpor while promising to make appropriate recommendations to the Governor to grant amnesty to deserving inmates, cautioned youths to stay away from crime as the condition of Nigeria prisons were deplorable and degrading.