Security agents in Nigeria urged to be civil

Peter Bahago, Abuja



The Nigerian Security Agents have been urged not to detain a suspect beyond the period stipulated by law.

Chairman, Presidential Committee on Correctional Services Reform and Decongestion, Justice Ishaq Bello gave the charge when he led members of the Committee, Magistrates and other stakeholders to Kuje Correctional centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Chairman of Committee said that the exercise is borne out of the desire of the criminal justice stakeholders to find ways of decongesting detention facilities across the country by inquiring into cases of inmates with a view to letting go those who have no reasons to stay in such facilities

Justice Bello also exercised the powers conferred on him by law and released about 19 inmates from the Kuje Correctional Centre in the nation’s capital, in accordance with provisions of the Correctional Services Act.

According to Justice Bello, the prerogative of mercy granted to the inmates was part of the measures adopted by the committee in order to decongest the custodial centres.

“Today’s visit to Kuje Correctional Service is in furtherance of the Nigerian Government’s efforts to decongest detention centres across the country” he said.

He therefore, called on stakeholders in the criminal justice sector to collaborate in carrying out the mandate of decongesting detention centres in the country.

“I urge us all to take our duties seriously for this is a national assignment that must succeed” he echoed.

Justice Bello also cautioned the released inmates not misbehave because the security agents have their permanent data base, record and photographs which will help to trace and get them anytime they are found wanting.