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FG To Build 3 New Prisons

The Federal Government will be constructing three new custodial centres with 3,000 capacity to ease congestion in correctional homes in the country.

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The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made this known on Friday at the inauguration of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Osun State Command Headquarters Complex, in Osogbo.

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Aregbesola said the new custodial facilities would be cited in Karchi in Abuja, Kano, and Bori in Rivers.

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According to the minister, each of the facilities will have courts for the trial of inmates.

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He said the Federal Government’s plan was to extend the construction of such capacity custodial centres to the six
geopolitical zones in the country.

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The minister disclosed that the custodial project in Kano was near completion.

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Aregbesola said when the custodial projects were completed, they would help to ease congestion considerably and enhance the capacity to manage facilities for corrections of inmates.

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The minister explained that the national custodial centres currently had the capacity to accommodate 57,278 inmates.

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“But as of the last count, earlier in the week, there is a total population of 68,747 inmates, indicating an overpopulation capacity of 18 per cent,” he said.

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He said the government had been addressing the challenges of congestion.

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The minister noted that at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministries of Interior and Justice initiated a presidential pardon and amnesty programme for inmates.

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According to him, some federal offenders benefited from the
programme and got reprieve, while the state governments got recommendations and guidelines for the release of their own convicts.

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Aregbesola said that over 5,000 inmates had so far been released under the programme.

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Also speaking, Mr Haliru Nababa, the Controller General of Corrections, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), commended President Muhammadu Buhari for extending his magnanimity
to the NCoS, regarding budgetary allocation.

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Nababa said there had been significant improvement in
infrastructural intervention with several projects undertaken and completed for use between 2015 till date.

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He thanked the Interior Minister for his pragmatic leadership and support that had greatly encouraged the NCoS to thrive beyond expectations.

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Nababa assured the government that the service would justify the huge investments put in place saying that officers would put in their utmost best in discharging their statutory duties.

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