Even though death penalty is becoming quite unpopular Across the world, about 248 prisoners have been condemned to the gallows in Plateau State Nigeria.

Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, Plateau Command, Neol Ailewon told newsmen on Monday in Jos that the condemned convicts, which included three females, hail from various parts of the country.

“We have 248 condemned convicts in custody in the various prisons within this command, of which three of them are female,” said Ailewon, who noted that “For someone to be condemned, it means he has committed a serious offence against the state.”

The controller also disclosed that 1,120 convicts were serving various jail terms while 516 inmates are awaiting trial in the seven formations under the command.

“We don’t have issues handling the convicted inmates, because they are serving their terms in jail and certain of leaving someday.

“So, they relatively behave well, and in most cases, we use them to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the prisons, and they are the sole beneficiaries of the training on skills that we give our prisoners,” he said.

Ailewon therefore appealed to the government, wealthy individuals and groups to support the service in ensuring that the inmates return to the society as reformed persons.