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