FG decongest prisons, frees 6,590 inmates

FG decongest prisons, frees 6,590 inmates

- 6,590 prisoners across correctional centres in the country have been released by the federal government

- Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), made this known on Wednesday, June 17

- The minister of justice said the inmates were freed in an effort to decongest the Nigerian Correctional Centres

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The federal government has freed 6,590 inmates in various prisons as part of its efforts to decongest the Nigerian Correctional Centres.

This was disclosed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in a tweet shared on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, June 17.

According to Malami, the inmates having satisfied the laid down conditions were released from 32 prisons.

The minister while presenting the scorecard of the Ministry of Justice from 2015-2020 noted that he took up the major role towards effectively decongesting the prisons in 14 states.

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FG decongest prisons, frees 6,590 inmates
FG decongest prisons, frees 6,590 inmates
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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari called for urgent measures towards the speedy trial of cases and decongestion of custodial centres in Nigeria following the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country.

The presidency in a statement through, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity disclosed this on Wednesday, April 22.

The Nigerian leader in a letter to Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the chief justice of Nigeria, called his attention to the United Nations' appeal to consciously reduce the population of prison inmates since physical distancing in such conditions is practically impossible.

According to Buhari, available records show the population of inmates at various custodial centres across the country is beyond their capacities and overcrowded.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government announced that it would be freeing 2,600 inmates from various correctional centres across the country as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, made this known on Thursday, April 9, during a press conference in Abuja, Sahara Reporters claims. The interior minister described the decongestion of the correctional centres as "a symbolic gesture of amnesty" from President Buhari.

He said: "In a symbolic gesture of the amnesty given to the 2,600 inmates across Nigeria, 41 Federal inmates and 29 FCT inmates making a total of 70 inmates who met the above criteria will be released today from the Kuje Custodial Center in Abuja."

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