A septuagenarian prison inmate in Delta State, Mr. Lucky Ishaka, has pleaded with the Delta State Delta State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, to grant him and his wife pardon and release from prison.
Lucky (71) and his wife, Margaret (56), who were convicted and jailed for 37 years for conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping, are inmates of Warri prisons.
They were discovered during the cause of interaction by members of the Committee, headed by Chief Patrick Okpakpor, with inmates of the prison.
The Committee members were astonished when they discovered that six children of the couple who has been in jail since 2012, are left at the mercy of the society.
The septuagenarian, who is now partially blind, pleaded with the Committee to consider his plight and that of his wife by granting them pardon.
He is one of the over 1,500 inmates of the Warri prisons, which was initially built to accommodate 307 inmates; with 222 of them on the awaiting death list.
Chairman of the Advisory Council, Chief Patrick Okpakpor, was stunned by the magnitude of congestion in the prison, a situation he said should be treated as a national emergency.
Okpakpor who expressed worry when he led other members of the Council on its maiden visit to the Okere Prison in Warri, where it was discovered that a total of 222 inmates are on death row, was shock at the undignified and dehumanized conditions inmate are detained.
The former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Delta State, who wants the issue of prison congestion to be treated as a national emergency, also urged the Federal Government to have a second look into the issue of death sentence.
He also charged the Federal government to make adequate budgetary provisions to expand the already over stretched facility.
All the 222 condemned convicts later physically appeared before the Chairman and Members of the Council to ascertain some of the claims contained in their applications.
The Deputy Controller in charge of the Warri Prison, Mr. Airiohuodion Sam, who conducted members of the Committee round the Warri prisons, expressed joy on visit to the Warri
Medium Security Prison.
He appealed to both the Federal and the Delta State governments to intervene in the crisis situation currently experienced by the Prisons in the State by building additional facilities to accommodate condemned convicts.
Other members of the committee are Mrs. Uju Minute (Secretary), Dr. Samuel Efetobor, John Okoriko and F. Njuokuemeni.