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Lagos concerned at congestion behind bars

26 November 2015, 06:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos State Government has pledged to work with the Nigerian Prison Services to decongest prisons in the state.

State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, made the pledge during a courtesy visit to the Controller of Prison in the state, Vincent Ubi.

Kazeem said the state government was committed to ensuring prisons are fully decongested.

He noted that although the prisons were under the control of the Federal Government, Lagos was concerned about congestion.

“As a federal agency, the Prison Services is a partner with Lagos State.

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It plays an important role in the administration of justice, not only in the state but in the whole federation,” Kazeem said.

The Attorney-General also stressed the importance of capturing the database of prisoners as an instrument for their continuous monitoring after release.

Ubi disclosed that prisons within the state had the highest number of inmates with some 6 258 behind bars.

He added that 90 percent of them are from the South West region.

Ubi urged the State Security Council to always consult officers of the Nigeria Prison Service in any decision concerning security in the state.

- CAJ News


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