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Lack of vehicle delay justice system, says Ogundipe

By Tordue Salem

ABUJA—The Comptroller General of Prisons, Mr. Olusola Ogundipe, yesterday attributed the delay in justice for inmates in prisons to lack of Black Marias to convey them to Courts.

Besides, he told the Committee that all prisoners supposed to be held in Bayelsa were now in Rivers State, as there were no prison projects yet in Bayelsa because of the violent militant activities in the area.

The CG Prisons made the disclosures while presenting a N41.157billion proposal of expenditures for the Service in 2010 before the Rep. Jerimon Manwe-led House of Representatives Committee on Interior.

Mr. Ogundipe, who was defending an overhead cost of N9.08billion for the purchase of more black marias and to complete other projects initiated by the NIS, said the 258 black maria vehicles in the NIS kitty, were “grossly inadequate”, as Lagos alone, he told the Committee “has appropriated 30 of the black maria”, because of the number of courts it has.


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