Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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    COVID-19: Edo releases 173 inmates

COVID-19: Edo releases 173 inmates

The Edo state government has granted freedom to 173 inmates across custodial centres in the state. Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, gave the pardon in line with the federal government’s directive to decongest the centres across the country in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. The federal government had directed release 2,600 inmates across the country should be released  to curb [...]

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    COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN, seeks release of more inmates

COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN, seeks release of more inmates

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) to initiate steps to free "deserving" inmates across Nigeria in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The president made the call on Tuesday via a letter addressed to the CJN in which he said state chief justices can immediately visit the prisons to free such inmates. Nigeria's prisons are known to [...]

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    COVID-19: Ebonyi releases 33 prisoners

COVID-19: Ebonyi releases 33 prisoners

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, has granted freedom to 33 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state. The inmates are from Abakaliki and Afikpo correctional centres. Cletus Ofoke, commissioner for justice and attorney-general of the state, said this while addressing journalists on Friday. The federal government had announced that it would release 2,600 inmates in various prisons to curb the spread of [...]

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    Aregbesola on COVID-19: While trying to keep inmates safe, we don’t want to jeopardise security

Aregbesola on COVID-19: While trying to keep inmates safe, we don’t want to jeopardise security

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, says the ministry is doing everything necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus into Nigerian prisons. On Tuesday, some prisoners at the Kaduna correctional centre had attempted a jailbreak over fears of contracting COVID-19. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Aregbesola said while considering the decongestion of prisons and making efforts to keep inmates safe from the coronavirus, [...]

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    Finally, Aregbesola commends undercover investigation on Ikoyi prisons

Finally, Aregbesola commends undercover investigation on Ikoyi prisons

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, has commended an undercover investigation which exposed the rot in the Nigerian prison establishment. Fisayo Soyombo, undercover journalist and former editor of TheCable, had undertaken an investigation exposing bribery and impunity in Nigeria's criminal justice system. The journalist spent two weeks in detention — five days in a police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi prison — [...]

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    Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

In March 2018, a federal high court in Abuja sentenced Charles Okah to life imprisonment for masterminding the Independence Day bombings in the federal capital territory (FCT) in 2010. From Kuje prison, where he was detained in Abuja, he was transferred to the maximum security prison in Maiduguri, Borno state. While in prison, he documented the shocking things happening in the facility. In [...]

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    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping… The cash-and-carry operations of Ikoyi Prisons

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping… The cash-and-carry operations of Ikoyi Prisons

Investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO spent two weeks in detention — five days in a Police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, beginning from the moment of arrest by the Police to the point of release by the prison. To experience the workings of the system in its raw [...]

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    446 Nigerians in UAE prisons, says ambassador

446 Nigerians in UAE prisons, says ambassador

Mohammed Rimi, Nigerian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, says a total of 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in the UAE prisons. Rimi disclosed this during President Muhammadu Buhari’s town-hall meeting with Nigerians in the Emirates on Tuesday. The ambassador said the 446 Nigerians are serving different jail terms for crimes ranging from possession of hard drugs to engaging in [...]

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    Senate invites prisons CG over confinement of underage offenders with adults

Senate invites prisons CG over confinement of underage offenders with adults

The senate has invited Ja'afaru Ahmed, comptroller-general of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), over the confinement of underaged offenders and infants with adults. The decision of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to a motion sponsored by Victor Umeh, senator representing Anambra central. While moving the motion on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Umeh said keeping underage children in the [...]

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    NPS: 66% of prison inmates in Nigeria awaiting trial 

NPS: 66% of prison inmates in Nigeria awaiting trial 

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has said 66 per cent of inmates in prisons are awaiting trial. Jaafaru Ahmed, controller general of the service, said this at the quarterly meeting of the Penal Reform Media Network (PERMNET) in Lagos. Represented by Francis Enobore, NPS spokesperson, he said a total of 72,384 inmates are currently in prison across the country. “As of today, December [...]

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    Buhari describes congestion of prisons as a national scandal

Buhari describes congestion of prisons as a national scandal

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the state of the nation’s prisons as a national scandal. Speaking when he hosted judges on Friday, Buhari said there is need to put in place urgent measures to decongest the prisons across the country. He said the call for decongestion is necessary not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and [...]

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    Henry Okah dying in South African prison, says MEND

Henry Okah dying in South African prison, says MEND

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said its leader, Henry Okah, is dying in a South African prison where he is locked up in solitary confinement. MEND, in a statement released by Jomo Gbomo on Saturday, described Okah's condition behind bars as gory and unsavoury. The group urged the national assembly delegation to South Africa to look [...]

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    FG approves N3.5bn for 320 vehicles to convey prisoners to court

FG approves N3.5bn for 320 vehicles to convey prisoners to court

The federal government has approved N3.5 billion for the procurement of 320 operational vehicles to convey prison inmates to courts for their trials. According to Abdulrahman Dambazzau, minister of interior, the approval was made at Wednesday’s federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Dambazzau explained that the vehicles were crucial to the operations of the Nigerian Prison Service. He [...]

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    Ikoyi 800-capacity prisons now accommodate 2,358 inmates, says controller

Ikoyi 800-capacity prisons now accommodate 2,358 inmates, says controller

For the umpteenth time, the intractable problem of overcrowding in Lagos prisons came to the fore on Tuesday when the state prison authority said about 2, 358 inmates now use the Ikoyi 800-capacity facility. Tinuoye Olumide, the controller, disclosed this during a visit by Olufinmilayo Atilade, the chief judge of Lagos state, to the prison built in 1955. “There are so far [...]

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    For being seniors of prisons boss, two top officers retired

For being seniors of prisons boss, two top officers retired

Aminu Suley, a deputy controller-general and Ali Bala Salami, an assistant controller-general of have been retired from the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS). Francis Enobore, spokesman of the NPS disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. He noted that the pair were retired due to the promotion of their junior, Ahmed Jafaru as controller-general of the prison service. "Following the appointment of Jafaru [...]

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