Nigerian prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has raised alarm over the state of the prisons in Nigeria.

He raised the alarm when he hosted Chief Justices led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

What he said:

  • Measures must be put in place to immediately decongest the prisons.
  • It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent.

“We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent.

“Urgent new measures should be put place to speedily decongest the prisons not only in the interest of justice but to save tcost of prisons’ maintenance and welfare of prisoners.

“My Attorney General is advocating the establishment of courts inside the prisons to speed up decongestion,’’ he said.

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