Judiciary workers’ strike contributing to Prison congestion — Comptroller

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By Wole Mosadomi

Minna—An Assistant Comptroller of Prisons, Mrs. Dorothy Atajiri, has said that the ongoing strike by judiciary workers across the country was further compounding congestions in the prisons.

She said since the strike commenced over three weeks ago, taking awaiting trial inmates to courts for dispensation of justice had been rather slowed down or totally made impossible.

Atajiri, who is also Coordinator, Zone D Command of the Nigerian Prisons Services, comprising Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara and Federal Capital, said during the official decoration of 94 newly promoted officers of the state command, that she felt so bad over the ongoing strike due to the negative tendencies on the dispensation of justice on awaiting inmates.

She said: ”I feel naturally disturbed about the industrial action by the judiciary workers nationwide particularly coming from the criminal justice administration because we are partners in progress.
“So, when the judiciary workers are on strike, everything is stalled. Prisons are congested because we cannot perform our primary function of taking the inmates to the court in an effort to decongest the prisons.

”My call to the judiciary and government is for them to dialoque and strike a deal towards ending the ongoing strike in the interest of the inmates especially those awaiting trials.”
She congratulated those promoted and called on those who could not make it to strive harder next time in order to be elevated also.

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