- Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for the abolishment of the death penalty in the country
- The governor also called for the reformation of prisoners to make them better citizens of the country
- Okowa further disclosed that the state government would give starter packs to those leaving prisons, to enable them start up their own businesses
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Monday, March 18 called for the abolishment of death penalty in Nigeria.
The governor made the call when members of the Presidential Committee on Prisons Reforms led by its chairman, Justice Ishaq Bello, paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor stated that the death penalty should be abolished and those who are already sentenced to death should have their sentences converted to life imprisonment; more so now that most state governments are unwilling to sign the death warrant.
He also called for the reformation of the prisoners to make them better citizens of the country.
Okowa condemned a situation where prison inmates coordinate criminal activities such as kidnapping from the prisons, adding that reforming the prisoners was apt for a sustainable crime-free society.
“We need to reform the minds of the prisoners, a programme to reform the mind of prisoners is very important because once you are able to reform their minds, they will become better citizens.
“As a state government, we are extending our skills acquisition programmes to the prisons.
“But it will be such that the prisoners would be given starter packs as they are leaving the prisons to enable them start their own businesses and be useful members of the society,’’ he said.
According to the governor, setting up of the committee for prison reform is timely, and he urged it to ensure a thorough job.
He noted that the crime rate in the country was on the rise and available prisons infrastructure had been stretched beyond their limits.
Earlier, Bello said that they were in the state as part of their activities to reform the Nigerian Prisons Service.
He said that the committee had visited more than 13 states in that regard.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a bill prescribing death by hanging for any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person received the first reading at the Senate.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi, sought the establishment of an independent national commission for hate speeches.
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