Presidential Committee Releases Over 3500 Inmates
By Ene Okon
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says the Nigeria presidential committee on Correctional service has released over 3768 inmates in 34 Prisons in 16 states of the federation during visitation.
He stated this at the opening remarks of the first National workshop on effective implementation of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act, 2019 in Abuja.
“The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in October 2017, constituted a Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion Chaired by the Honourable Chief Judge, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Honourable Justice I.U Bello to fast-track the Decongestion of prisons.
“The Committee has since its inauguration visited and appraised about 34 prisons in 16 states. A total number of 3,768, have been so far released during these visits via payment of fines for convicts for minor offences with the option of fine who are unable to pay the fines, general review of peculiar cases and advocacy overtures to relevant authorities,” he said.
He said the workshop is aimed at sensitizing stakeholders, especially justice sector institutions, on the salient provisions of the Act, and to come up with a road map for the effective implementation of the provisions of the Act on non-custodial measures.
Malami urged for more collaboration from stakeholders and security agencies to enhance the implementation of the Nigeria Correctional Service act.