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69 babies locked up in Nigerian jails

09 May 2013, 13:33Augustine Osayande

Abuja  - Nigeria has about 70 babies locked up in various prisons around the country with their mothers.

More than 800 juveniles are also behind bars.

Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Prison Service, Kayode Odeyemi, revealed the figures in a statement.

“A total of 69 babies are currently locked up with their mothers in prisons across the country,” Odeyemi said.

He said the babies were born inside the prison as their mothers were pregnant before they were sent to jail.

A year-old baby was released from Kirikiri prison few days ago by the Lagos State Chief Judge.

The official said another set of 834 juvenile inmates are currently in the three Borstal Training Colleges located in Kaduna, Abeokuta and Ilorin.]

Odeyemi noted that juvenile inmates are in the Borstal Colleges with the consent of their parents.

Recently, the United State Country Human Report on Nigeria alleged prisons and detention cells across the country are hold over 6 000 minors.

“Despite a government order to identify and release such children and their mothers, prison authorities in the country had not done so,” read part of the report in the possession of CAJ News.

- CAJ News


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