Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Lagos State, said on Sunday that no fewer than 353 inmates are currently on death row at the Kirikiri Custodial Center.

The spokesman for the service, Mr. Rotimi Oladokun, confirmed the number in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, about 210 inmates are also serving life sentences.

He explained that there were five judicial centers in Lagos, namely: Ikoyi, Badagry, Kirikiri Female, Kirikiri Medium and Kirikiri Maximum.

He said the Ikoyi Custodial Center was built to house 800 inmates, but it currently houses no fewer than 2,400 inmates.

“The Kirikiri Maximum Custodial Center, built with a capacity of 1,006 inmates, now houses about 2,100 inmates,” he said.

Oladokun said the Kirikiri Medium Custodial Center, which was built to house 5,930 inmates, has fewer inmates.

He explained that the crimes committed by the death row inmates varied.

“The crimes include armed robbery; murder; treason; fabricating false evidence leading to the death sentence of an innocent person; assisted suicide of a child or madman; including kidnappings.”

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