75,436 Inmates In Prisons, 52,446 Awaiting Trial – Nigerian Correctional Service Cries Out
At a symposium on traffic management and corrections administration on Wednesday in Abuja, Assistant Controller-General Gimba Dumbulwa revealed the information.
The official reported that as of May 9, there were 52,446 prisoners awaiting trial and 75,436 prisoners housed in correctional facilities.
According to the ACG, more than 70% of them have spent too much time in custody as a result of delayed sentencing and prolonged detention.
“More than 5,000 prisoners have been held for more than five years, while more than 10,000 have been held for between one and six years without being tried.
“More than 2,000 prisoners have spent more than ten years in custody without being tried,”.
He continued by saying that the delays in prosecution thwarted Controller General Haliru Nababa’s efforts to get the prisons cleared out.