PASSERSBY DONATE MONEY SNACKS TO PRISONERS AS BLACK MARIA BREAKS DOWN ON HIGHWAY

Scene of the incident The usual traffic around Toyota bus-stop on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway created an unexpected stir that attracted crowd to the scene when one of the two trucks of the Nigerian Prison Service conveying inmates to Kirikiri prisons broke down in the middle of the expressway at about 6:30p.m.The scene later became chaotic as the crowd of onlookers moved to sympathy for the inmates still locked in the Black Maria, began to give them money, drinks and snacks. It was double jeopardy for the prison wardens as they…

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FG ORDERS PRISONS, FIRE SERVICE TO EMPLOY 9,675

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Federal Fire Service to employ 9,675 Nigerians. While the prisons will employ 7,475, the fire service will recruit 2,200 new workers. The two agencies were directed to carry out the employment by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board. A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Secretary of the board, Al-Hassan Yakmut, said the CDFIPB chairman gave the approval at the board’s meeting held between May 9 and May 10 in Abuja. It…

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WHY WE ARE BUILDING MODERN DAY PRISONS- DANBAZZAU

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the Federal Government has come up with plans of building modern prisons across the country. In an event held on Saturday in Abuja, the Minister said: “most of our prisons, particularly those situated in urban centres are more than a century old; over a hundred years old. So, what we do is to ensure that we build modern prisons that will meet the required universal standard for the treatment and rehabilitation of prison inmates”. Dambazzau offered some perspective at the inauguration of some…

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5 PRISONERS TO BE STONED TO DEATH, 10 TO HAVE HANDS AMPUTATED IN BAUCHI PRISONS

Five condemned persons who have been convicted to be stoned to death while another 10 whose legs and hands are to be amputated are said to be languishing in Bauchi prison presently. This disclosure was made by the Controller of prison, Bauchi State Command, Suleiman T. Suleiman who lamented the present conditions of the prisons despite the efforts of the government to decongest prisons in the country. Suleiman Suleiman who was speaking in an interview with newsmen in his office on Tuesday on the state of the prisons in the…

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535 KIDS LANGUISHING IN ANAMBRA PRISONS- NHRC

Tony Okafor, Awka No fewer than 523 children are detained in various prisons in Anambra State, the National Human Rights Commission has said. The Anambra State coordinator of the NHRC, Mrs Nkechi Ugwuanyi, stated this at the Onitsha Prisons during an interface with some juvenile inmates. Ugwuanyi said the visit was in commemoration of the African Pre-Trial Day 2019  themed: Decriminalisation of Petty and Minor Offences. She added that the focus was to gather details of the inmates, whose offences fell within the classification. She said such cases involved no…

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NIGERIAN MAN WRONGLY IMPRISONED FOR 27YEARS ASKS FOR 20BIL COMPENSATION

A 56-year-old man, Clinton Kanu, has said he will demand a N20bn compensation for spending 27 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Kanu, who was sentenced to death in 1992 for murder, was freed by the Supreme Court on April 5, 2019. The Okigwe, Imo State-born consultant criminologist explained that though he made efforts to absolve himself from a gang-up that led to his incarceration, nobody was ready to listen to him until he was jailed. While in prison, Kanu lost his mother; coupled with the…

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DARIYE SPONSORS MOTION IN THE SENATE FROM PRISON

Joshua Dariye Fred Itua, Abuja Imprisoned senator Joshua Dariye on Thursday joined 108 senators to sponsor a motion put forward on the floor of the National  Assembly’s Red Chamber. Dariye is currently serving a jail term, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Abuja. In a motion sponsored on Thursday by Shehu Sani condemning killings and kidnappings in many northern states, Dariye was listed as one of the sponsors.

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EXTORTION IN PORT HARCOURT PRISONS, RELATIONS OF INMATES CRY OUT

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RELATIVES and friends of inmates at the Port Harcourt Maximum Prison have lamented the level of extortion in the facility by prison wardens and officials. Some of the sources, who spoke to our correspondent on the issue, explained that to visit an inmate one must be ready to part with between N800 and N1,000. One of the visitors to the facility, who simply identified himself as Benji, described his experience at the Port Harcourt Prisons as “terrible and shocking.” Benji explained that there were about 10…

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PRISONS CG BLOCKS INVESTIGATIONS INTO SODOMY, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND ABORTION AT MAIDUGURI PRISON

Ja’afaru Ahmed, the Controller-General (CG) of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), and Sanusi Mu’azu Danmusa, the Maiduguri State Controller of the prison service, have blocked investigations into allegations of child prostitution, sodomy, and forced abortions at the Maiduguri Prison, SaharaReporters can exclusively report. On March 23, SaharaReporters had published excerpts from Charles Okah’s 31-page piece entitled ‘Sodomy of Children in Maiduguri Prison and The ICRC Conspiracy of Silence’, which chronicled the harrowing experiences that prison inmates are subjected to, sometimes with the cooperation of prison officials. In the report, Okah revealed cases…

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