09 May 2019 :
Five condemned persons who have been convicted to be stoned to death while another 10 whose legs and hands are to be amputated are said to be languishing in Bauchi prison presently. This disclosure was made by the Controller of prison, Bauchi State Command, Suleiman T. Suleiman who lamented the present conditions of the prisons despite the efforts of the government to decongest prisons in the country. Suleiman Suleiman who was speaking in an interview with newsmen in his office on 7 May 2019 on the state of the prisons in the state also lamented that the two sets of convicts have been in jail for over 10 years without any action taken on them by the concerned authorities.
The Controller of the prison added that six other inmates have also been condemned to death while five are on a life sentence and 188 are on long term sentences ranging from two years and above.
According to him, the prison now has 947 inmates at the 500 capacity Bauchi prison saying: “The condemned convicts we have are mostly coming from Sharia Courts, this and other related cases like amputation of hands or legs have been in jail for over 10 years without knowing their fate. Their hands are not cut off, their legs are not cut off, they don’t know their fate. There are those who are supposed to be stoned to death. I am worried”.