FG set to reform prisons, approves N2.8bn for decongestion

FG set to reform prisons, approves N2.8bn for decongestion

- The Federal Executive Council approved N2.8 billion for the installation of new digital facilities in prisons across the country

- The digital web-based integrated system is expected to fast-track prisons decongestion

- The money was approved during the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, April 10, approved a contract of N2.8 billion for the installation of a digital web-based integrated system to facilitate the decongestion of prisons across the country.

Daily Trust reports that the approval was granted during the FEC meeting which presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the meeting, the minister of justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, said the contract was to improve the country’s justice system and decongest the prisons.

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He said the idea was to digitally connect all the prison formations to the office of the attorney general of the federation, the police, prison service and indeed selected courts.

“The office of the attorney general presented a memo today, which is web-based automated inter-connectivity system, which is a digitalized way of decongesting the prisons,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, built a 3,000-capacity cell outside Owerri, the state capital. Okorocha decried the condition of most prisons in the country, including the one in his state.

The governor made the disclosure over the weekend, during a visit by the controller-general of prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, in company of senior personnel of the prisons.

The governor also called for improved prison service and conditions across the country.

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