By Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos State Government has sentenced no fewer than 743 offenders to various terms of community service within a year across the Magisterial Districts of the state.
We gathered that sentence was aimed at addressing prison congestion in the state. The state government had earlier explained that the community service was a non-custodial sentence in the criminal justice system aimed at reducing prison congestion in the state.
The government added that through the sentencing option, convicted offenders were allowed to serve their sentences within the community and not in prisons.
Meantime, the state government also disclosed that it was prosecuting 3,373 public and civil litigations cases in various courts, between Magistrate Courts and Supreme Courts of Nigeria.
This was contained in a publication made available by the state government to mark the first quarter of Year 2016, Town Hall Meeting of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration on administration of justice, held in Ikorodu recently.
The statistics, according to the state government represented the activities the Ministry of Justice between January, 20th and April 14th, this year.
According to Ministry of Justice’s record, “A total of 743 offenders were sentenced to various terms of community service across the magisterial districts thereby servicing as a means of prison de-congestion.”