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15 inmates on death row in Gombe prison

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Fifteen inmates comprising 14 males and one female are on death row with four serving life sentence at Gombe main prison.

The state Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Muhammad Abba, disclosed in Gombe when Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo visited the facility as part ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the state.

The Comptroller-General of Prison (CPG), Ja’afaru Ahmed, represented by the state Comptroller, Mr. Ahmed Adamu, lauded the cordial relationship between the Gombe government and prison service. He also expressed gratitude over the decision of the state to involve the prison inmates in the anniversary celebration.

He commended the Dankwambo administration for raising the standard of the prison, which was built in 1919.

The CGP listed some of the interventions by the incumbent administration to includes, building a one-storey block comprising five cells, provision of a Toyota Hilux van as well as a 18-seater bus for conveying prisoners to courts, erecting two security towers, construction of a block of four cells for VIPs and provision of drugs and beddings.

He, however, urged the government to train and provide free medical service to inmates, who are mostly youths, as equipping them with skills would facilitate their integration into society.

The CGP announced that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has approved a study centre for Gombe.

Dankwambo appealed to the inmates to take advantage of the opportunity to improve on their education.

He directed his commissioners to alleviate the plight of the prisoners regarding the provision of drinking water, light, soaps among other essentials.



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