Greater than 70 per cent of inmates in Nigerian Prisons are Awaiting Trial

Nigerian prisons

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Sunday said ‎ more than 70 per cent of inmates in Nigerian prisons were awaiting trial.

According to him, the situation is worrisome, because the prisons are meant for convicts

Dambazau disclosed this when he visited Kano central prison along side the state governor to mark this year’s Eid-el Fitr celebration.

Dambazau, Also  commended the ‎state governor for giving a vast piece of land  for the building of 3,000 capacity modern prison in the state.

Earlier, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje‎ said he had secured the release of 50 inmates and also approved the release additional 500 inmates in prisons across the state.

According to him, the gesture was part of the activities to celebrate Eid-el Fitr celebration in the state.‎

Ganduje  who explained said the beneficiaries were selected based on gravity of their offence and sign of reformation while in prison, advised them  to desist from acts that would warrant bringing them back to prison.