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Gov’t strengthens custody centers security

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

FG has implemented reforms at the facilities to ensure inmates rehabilitation.

The issue of jail breaks and custody center administration has been a long talk among the public in the country following the security breach at Kuje Maximum Custodial Centre in July 2022. Among the major issues raising concern about the prison administration is the deteriorated custody structure, high number of awaiting trial inmates, congestion and poor care and treatment of inmates and other related matters. Continuous observation of the poor prison administration has led to increasing arguments for the protection of prisoners and improvement of custodial facilities in the country.

Sequel to this, the Federal Government has implemented comprehensive changes and reforms like the modernisation of custodial centres to ensure the reformation and rehabilitation of inmates. Despite the government action, stakeholders have urged for a fundamental transformation of the entire system structure to ensure efficient and maximum protection of custodial centres, put an end to jail breaks within the country and see that escaped prison inmates are recaptured in due time. The Kuje jail break that happened in July depicts the level of security dereliction and leniency at which custodial centres were being managed in the country. Considering that nothing was done to strengthen the facility despite the high number of terrorists under detention in the facility and intelligence report of impending attack.

Gov’t introduced command and control room for real time monitoring.

It was confirmed by the officials that 64 Boko Haram terrorists detained in the facility were among the 879 inmates that escaped. The incident makes Kuje the ninth successful jailbreak in Nigeria since 2015. However, Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola assured that the government had taken effective measures to strengthen custodial centres security to prevent all threats from within and outside the facility. He noted that the government would upgrade preparation by instituting military bases, police, and other armed agencies stations around all custodial facilities. Thus, he gave a “shoot to kill” directive to the officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service on whoever tried to lay an attack on the centers as he declared custodial centres as red zones.

The minister emphasised that custodial centres are “total embodiment of the authority of the Nigerian state to guarantee the security of the people“, as such must be protected at all costs. Also, the government has introduced a command and control room for real time monitoring of specific custodial centres across the country. He said Inmates can be monitored without any violation of their rights. With this, jailbreaks and riots can be avoided or nipped in the bud. The government has also moved to address the problem of congestion at custodial centres as it builds modern prison villages with combined capacity to accommodate 9,000 inmates. The facilities are being constructed at Karshi in the FCT, Janguza in Kano and Bori in Rivers, he added.

Nigeria would have custodial villages that can accommodate 9,000 inmates.

Aregbesola the incumbent administration decided to have special facilities in which six of such facilities were proposed at the beginning as it assumed the position. He noted that the most fascinating about the facilities is that they are gigantic ones, also called custodial village facilities and each facility can accommodate 3,000 inmates. Aregbesola argues that it is unprecedented in Africa, because there is no country with such a huge facility in the whole Africa continent, including South Africa. He disclosed that while one of the facilities is completed;the one at Janguza in Kano, three are close to completion. The facility in Karshi, FCT is 75 percent completed while that of Bori in Rivers is about 55 .

According to the minister, the three other mega custodial centres in Ilesha, Umuahia, and another in the Northeast are at different stages of take-off. Meaning that Nigeria would now have custodial villages that could accommodate 9,000 inmates, each with 3000 capacity. The Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr. Haliru Nababa affirms that there has been unprecedented improvements in prison administration in the country. He said the service has enjoyed a generous increase in budgetary allocation over the last few years, enabling salient interventions, improvement and landmark achievements.

Congestion needs to improve within correctional institutions.

Furthermore, Nababa stressed the significant importance of the projects to the actualisation of NCoS core mandates. He said the service would continue to compete with its contemporaries across the globe. Conversely, An Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Joel Omoyeni, called on federal and state governments to decongest correctional centres in order to reduce threats of jail breaks. He emphasized that it is imperative for the government to decongest custody facilities noting that it is a preventive measure that should be done now.


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1 year ago

Gov’t strengthens custody centers security – FG has implemented reforms at the facilities to ensure inmates rehabilitation. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

Our custody centers needed to be strengthened. Nobody needed to tell us this, because if it’s not strengthened, criminals will escape and cause commotions on the street.

jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Has our correctional facilities truly reformed it’s a no for me,the government needs do more because a correctional place is where we learn from our mistakes.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The matter of escapes from prison and the management of detention centers has been widely discussed in the country’s public for a significant amount of time.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

Two of the biggest problems with how the jail is run are that the cells are falling apart and there are a lot of people in jail who are waiting for their trials.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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1 year ago

The persistent observation of the ineffective management of the country’s prisons has led to an increase in the number of calls for the protection of detainees and the enhancement of the country’s correctional facilities.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

The government had made significant measures to tighten the security of correctional facilities in order to prevent any and all dangers from occurring both inside and outside the prison.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

All correctional institutions would be fortified by a ring of military bases, police stations, and other armed agency outposts under the government’s new, more thorough plan of action.

Bola12
Bola12
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1 year ago

The jail’s crumbling quarters and large number of inmates awaiting trial are its major issues.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

We have to beef up our detention facilities. We dont need anyone to remind us that criminals may wreak chaos in the streets if they are allowed to go.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

Detention centers in Nigeria are the full expression of the authority vested in the state by the Nigerian government to ensure the safety of its citizens.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The administration has established a command and control room in order to provide real-time monitoring of particular detention facilities located all throughout the nation.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Escapes from prison and the management of correctional centers were reported last year. If it’s not strengthened, criminals escapes comes with several negatives.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

The Nigerian government takes the protection of its citizens very seriously, and its detention centers are the ultimate manifestation of the power it has been given.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We need to make our security tight because our security is not tight that why inmate always try to escape but if our security is strengthen well and strong it will not be breached easily

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Gov’t strengthens custody centers security. The issue of Nigeria security is getting worse everyday. Government is not measuring up to their duties that is why the country have the issues like Kuje prison break

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

It’s really embarrassing seeing how our correction centers are been attacked and ravaged by terrorists. I believe the shot on site policy will really go a long way to make the terrorists stay away in the fear of death.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

There is the need to decongest the prisons in Nigeria. Moreso that some are already due for trials and some are completely innocent. The officers in charge of custodial should go for reorientation.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

The jail break experience in 2022 is not just the facilities alone but unscrupulous element among the officers in charge could be responsible. With the custody center been reformed, we are sure of better security. FG should endeavor to decongest the prisons. Allow those awaiting trials to go for it.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

Lots of reforms is needed to be carry out in all the correctional facility of the country.The major reform is how the prison facilities can be decongested because those facilities are already overstretched.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

The degraded custody system, large number of detainees awaiting trial, crowding, inadequate care and treatment of inmates, and other associated issues are among the main concerns regarding the prison administration.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

The number of requests for detainee safety and improvement of the nation’s correctional institutions has increased as a result of the ongoing observation of the inefficient management of the nation’s jails.