The Comptroller of Corrections, Cross River State Command, Mr. Adeyinka Adebayo, has said 67 inmates out of a total of 573 in the Afokang Prisons are on death row.
Adebayo stated this when the state governor, Senator Prince Bassey Otu and his wife, Rev. Mrs. Eyoawan Otu, visited the main correctional centre in Calabar to felicitate with the inmates on Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Comptroller expressed appreciation to the governor and his wife for the visit.
Adebayo explained that, “the Afokang Prisons has a total of 573 inmates, with 67 on death row” and pleaded with the governor to assist in providing some basic needs of the prison facility.
He said, “Let me say a very big thank you to your Excellencies for making time to visit us. 99% of the Inmates we have here are from Cross River State. From what you have seen here, you will agree with me that, inside here are enormous potentials as displayed here. It is our prayer that you will please extend the dividends of democracy to us here.”
The governor said the visit to the Afokang Correctional Center was to identify with the inmates during the Sallah festivities and to encourage them not to give up hope.
According to him, “We are all in the world, sometimes we experience bad, sometimes good. I am here to assure you that all hope is not lost. We decided to come and celebrate here with you because you deserve it”.
The First Lady of the state, Mrs. Otu, who organised the event, said it was aimed at giving the inmates a sense of belonging and to share the love as exemplified by the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim.
She said it was her own way of sharing love to the inmates and to encourage them that being in prison was not the end of the road for them.
Food items, toiletries and cash donations were among the items donated during the visit.