- Senators were shocked as Haliru Nababa, Controller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, disclosed more money was spent to feed dogs than inmates
- Stunned by the revelation, Senator Adams Oshiomhole queried how the government managed to feed a dog with N800 and an inmate with N750 in these harsh economic realities
- Interestingly, dogs in Nigerian prisons get more funding for meals than inmates, according to Nababa's revelation
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
FCT, Abuja - The Controller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Mr. Haliru Nababa, has made a stunning revelation about the amount the federal government spends on feeding dogs and prison inmates.
The government reportedly spends N750 to feed an inmate and N800 to feed a dog daily.
On Thursday, December 7, Nababa disclosed that the Nigerian Prisons Service under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government was spending more money to feed its dogs than it was on the prison inmates.
He made this disclosure at the National Assembly Complex during the 2024 Budget defence session with the joint Senate and House of Representatives committee on interior, The New Telegraph newspaper reported.
Nababa disclosed further that the Service had written the minister of interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, requesting a review of the amount they were using to feed the inmates from N750 to N3,000 per day.
"The budget for feeding each of them per day is N750 per day at N250 per meal, per inmate.”
Oshiomhole shocked over FG's treatment of dogs and inmates
Senator Adams Oshiomhole, the chairman of the joint committee, expressed disapproval over the revelation.
He then asked the NCS team how much it costs them to buy the quantity of the foodstuff and ingredients needed to prepare a prisoner's meal, Leadership report added.
Speaking further, the lawmaker demanded a breakdown of the NCS budget as they got furious over priorities given to dogs rather than inmates.
"So, a dog is better fed in the Nigerian prison than an innocent Nigerian in your custody,” Oshiomhole said.
FG begins nationwide release of prisoners
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government, headed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, moved to decongest the Nigerian prison.
On Thursday, November 30, Tinubu's government disclosed it had raised N585 million for the settlement of fines for inmates in a bid to decongest correctional centres across the country.
The minister of interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, represented by an assistant director in the ministry, Dr Anayo Romanus-Nzekwe, confirmed the update to newsmen in Kano during the release of 150 inmates whose fines were settled by FG.
How much FG spends on feeding inmates daily
Legit.ng reported that the federal government disclosed that no less than N3 million was used to feed 4,000 inmates across the country on a daily basis.
The figure was argued to justify the decongestion of correctional centres across the country with immediate effect.
The minister maintained that Nigeria has 80,804 inmates in 253 custodial facilities, and feeding them takes a huge chunk of money from the federal government's pocket.