By Prince Okafor
The National Bureau of Statistics has said that about 73 percent of Nigeria’s prison population were un-sentenced detainees in 2015.
According to its recent report, “Overall, 72.53 percent of the prison population during the period under reference were un-sentenced.”
Lagos State has the highest number of un-sentenced detainees. The state recorded 5,603 un-sentenced detainees out of a prison population of 6,522, followed by Rivers and Edo states with 3,625 and 2,434 un-sentenced detainees respectively.
Yobe and Borno states had the least numbers of un-sentenced detainees of 163 and 216 of a prison population of 562 and 603 respectively.