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Bauchi Reviews Cases Of Those In Detention For 13 Years For Sharia Offences

Bauchi Gov AbubakarBauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi T. Umar has announced the state government is currently reviewing the cases of those who have been in detention for the past 13 years without having their sentences of mostly stoning to death and amputation of limbs under the sharia legal system executed.
The Chief Judge, who received in audience, the Controller of Prisons, Bauchi State Command, CP Sulaiman T Sulaiman, said that a team of lawyers are already studying their cases with a view to fashioning out appropriate legal avenues that will bring to an end their prolonged incarceration.
The Chief Judge said that she is aware of the increasing number of such cases in the state Prisons, adding that some of them have already spent over 13 years without having their sentences executed.
Justice Rabi Umar said that she will soon meet the State Governor on the matter even as she expressed satisfaction for the good working relationship between the Nigerian Prisons Service and the State judiciary. She said that before the end of 2017, she will visit the Prisons in the state as her third quarter jail delivery exercise.
Earlier, the Controller had said that there are ten inmates with cases of amputation and six others on death row by stoning languishing in the Prisons for more than a decade.
He said that he has since written to the Bauchi State Governor, drawing his attention to the plight of the affected inmates, hoping that their cases will soon be determined.
The Controller of Prisons applauded the State Chief Judge for her frequent visits to Prisons in the state through the administration of Criminal Justice committee.
He said that the committee is helping the prisons towards inmates decongestion.[myad]