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A-G sets up c’ttee on prison decongestion

By Innocent Anaba

ABUJA — The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, SAN, has constituted a committee to revisit the issue of  Prisons congestion across the country.

Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity to the AGF, Mr Onyema Omenuwa, in a statement, weekend, said: “The minister is particularly bothered by the controversies that have dogged the programme since it was introduced in 2005 and as such, upon assuming office last week, resolved to immediately set the necessary machinery in motion to reform the programme, considering that the anomalies the programme was set up to address are yet to be eliminated.”

The minister was quoted as saying that the committee would “create a synergy between the ministry and other stakeholders for a more coordinated approach towards ensuring its success.”

The nine-member committee is headed by the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Alhaji Abdulahi Yola, the statement added, saying the AGF’s action was informed by his determination to “aggressively and purposefully deal with, without exception, every component of justice administration process, and enthrone a holistic reform that will be a positive legacy in the ministry.”

The Prisons Decongestion Programme was launched in 2005 as a response to nation-wide complaints about the colossal number of inmates languishing in prison formations across the country.


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