Over 2,000 Against 1,948 Inmates In Kirikiri Maximum Prison

Over 2,000 Against 1,948 Inmates In Kirikiri Maximum Prison
Over 2,000 Against 1,948 Inmates In Kirikiri Maximum Prison

Ikoyi Custodial Centre, built to accommodate 800 inmates, has 2,665; Kirikiri Maximun Centre has over 2,000 as against its capacity of 1,056, while the Medium Centre has 3,117 as against 1,948 inmates.

This was revealed by Lagos State Controller of Nigerian Correctional Services, NCS, Francis Adebisi.

He spoke when 33 inmates were pardoned at an open court session presided over by the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, at the premises of Justice Samuel Ilori Court House, Ogba, on Wednesday.

Adebisi said: “Population in the custodial centres have become a great challenge due to congestion.

“For instance, Ikoyi Centre, built to accommodate 800 has 2,665 inmates; Kirikiri Maximun Centre has over 2,000 as against capacity of 1,056, while the Medium Centre has 3,117 as against 1,948 inmates.”

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He stated further that there are 352 special category inmates, while 150 are serving life jail term.

He said the decision to release the deserving inmates would go a long way to improve situation at the custodial centres across the state.

On the 33 pardoned inmates, eight were released from Ikoyi Custodial Centre, 11 from Maximum and 14 from Medium Custodial centre.

Justice Alogba noted that the exercise was in line with the efforts by the Federal Government to decongest the prisons as stipulated in Section 6 of the1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, Chapter 40 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2005.

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He said it was also pursuant to powers conferred on him to grant the inmates pardon pursuant to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provision Act.

Justice Alogba lamented that the prevalence of crimes in the society have been so horrendous for anybody to consider releasing anybody who have not been processed under the law.

He explained that thẹ criteria used to determine those released were not based on sentiments but “were meticulously followed and scrutinised by the Justice Adenike Coker-led decongestion committee.”

Members of the committee also include Justices Omobola Okikiolu-Ighile, Yetunde Adesanya, Hakeem Oshodi, Busola Okunuga, Josephine Oyefeso among others.

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“Those released were found fit and suitable to be released back into the society,” Justice Alogba said.

Releasing the inmates, Justice Alogba urged them to go and sin no more and be of good behaviour, adding that harder punishment would be meted out on any of the inmates caught committing a crime again.

He admonished them to retraced their steps and ensure they are not involve in crimes again.

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The CJ, however, praised the efforts of the Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs, which he noted have been doing their best to reform the inmates to make it easier for them to be integrated back into society.


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