Abuja - The Senate has commenced the amendment
of the Nigeria Prisons Act in a development aimed at reforming the country’s
prisons from their poor state and overcrowding.
The development follows the second reading of three bills on
These are Bill for an Act to Repeal and Re-enact the Prison
Act, Bill for an Act to Repeal and Re-enact the Prison Act and Bill for an Act
to Repeal and Re-enact the Prison Act.
Senators Shaba Lafiagi, Babajide Omoworare and Oluremi
Tinubu, respectively are sponsoring the bills.
Tinubu in her lead debate stressed the need to establish
women and children unit in Nigeria prisons.
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Sani said the prison institution in Nigeria had refused to
depart from previous governments to reform the system.
“All attempts by previous governments to reform the prison
system have failed. Apart from the nothing else has changed in the Nigeria
prison system,” Sani said.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over
the plenary, referred the three bills to Committee on Interior and Judiciary.
He urged the committees to consolidate the bills and report
back in four weeks.
- CAJ News