Five persons sentenced to death-by-stoning, and 10 others who would have their legs and hands amputated are still waiting for their judgement day in Bauchi.
This was made known by Suleiman T. Suleiman, the Controller of Prisons, Bauchi State Command, in an interview with journalists in his office on Tuesday.
According to him, these convicts have been in prison for over 10 years and nothing has been done about them.
The Controller of Prisons said: “The condemned convicts we have are mostly coming from Sharia Courts. These and other related cases like amputation of hand or leg 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 also those who are supposed to be stoned to death. I am worried.
“I feel touched that each time I go to any of the prisons to visit, they’ll be the first to confront me with questions about their case.
“I have written to the state governor, I have also written to the state Chief Judge to see that something is done about these people.
“They’re the only category of people that cannot be taken to court because they have already been convicted, but there’s no execution.”
“If this cannot also be done, they should be granted pardon and counselled to be of good behaviour and released.
“I want the government to execute the law as it is and if they cannot do that, the governor has the power to give clemency to these convicts.”