By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—The Country Director of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, CURE-Nigeria, Mr. Sylvester Uhaa, has stated that the number of awaiting trial suspects in Nigerian prisons was becoming alarming, saying Rivers State topped the chat with over 3,283 inmates.
Uhaa, who spoke yesterday in Makurdi, said the situation in Rivers State was so bad compared with other states, adding that this prompted his organisation to write the governor and Chief Judge.
He said: “In fact, in the letters, we pointed out clearly that during our recent visit to that state, we were reliably informed that while the designated capacity of the prison there is 804, the facility was holding 3,752 inmates.”
“Of the number, 3,283 were awaiting trial and only 469 were convicted, representing over 87.5 percent of the total inmates. This makes it the prison with the highest number of awaiting trial inmates in Nigeria.
“This clearly represents one of the greatest and brutal forms of violation of the human rights of these victims, whose only hope of redemption lies in the judiciary, the only hope of the common man.”