Nigerian government orders decongestion of prisons

Moses Nwite, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has ordered the speedy decongestion of prisons through the implementation of Nigeria Correctional Service, formerly Nigeria Prisons Service.

Nigeria’s Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, disclosed this to Journalists during a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr. Malami, said: “We are committed to rehabilitate and decongest the prisons in all ramifications, awareness is on-going and no inmate who has overstayed without trial would be allowed in prison any longer, more especially those who were detained and because of fund, they could not pay their fines.”

The Chairman, Nigeria Correctional Service Reform and Implementation Committee, Justice Ishaq Bello reiterated on the readiness of the committee to implement and transform prisons nationwide.

Mr. Bello added that “we are happy that government is fully in support of the committee and no stone would be left unturned in improving prisons’ facilities for better welfare of inmates,” he said.

It would be recalled that Nigerian government had earlier set a committee to implement and revamp the activities of Nigerian Correctional service.