- The federal government has made a very timely decision to curb the spread of coronavirus in correctional centres
- So far, the government has released 7,713 prisoners from the custodial centres of the Nigerian correctional service
- AGF Abubakar Malami admitted that most correctional centres in the country are over-populated with poor facilities
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Not less than 7,713 inmates from the custodial centres of the Nigerian correctional service have been released by the federal government to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday, July 7, pointed out that this move was necessary since many correctional services in the country are operating above their actual capacities, precisely 150%.
Malami admitted that correctional facilities throughout the nation are in a dilapidated condition, Daily Trust reports.
The AGF noted: ‘’Undoubtedly, the COVID19 pandemic has posed its own peculiar challenges in light of the worrisome and dilapidated state of our correctional centres nationwide.
“Without belabouring the facts, it is pertinent to note the inadequacy of our correctional facilities, which are currently operating at more than 150% of their capacity.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that 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 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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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 showed the population of inmates at various custodial centres across the country was beyond their capacities and overcrowded.
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