Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that 170 indigenes of the state in prison custody are on death row.
The governor said this on Friday when the Attorney-General of the federation and Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami and the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Prison Decongestion, Justice U.I. Bello visited him at the Government House, Owerri with other members of the committee.
He said he would put some factors into consideration, including the culture of the people of the state before deciding whether to sign the death penalty of the culprits or not.
He also said each individual case would be carefully considered to determine whether signing for their death would serve any good purpose.
His words: “170 Imo people have been condemned to death. We shall take a decision. Whoever takes life should be ready for the consequences, but we shall look at the issues especially from our cultural perspectives before taking action. Where forgiveness should be the case, we shall also know. It is going to be a holistic approach”.