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Deaths in prisons: Lawyers, NGO want probe, govs’ intervention

Lawyers and a criminal justice organization are calling for a fundamental amendment of the Nigerian constitution as it concerns prisons congestion following rising deaths in the facilities.

Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) on Friday called for the amendment of the constitution with adoption of federalism in the country’s judicial administration, especially as the congestion in prisons involves mainly state offenders remanded by magistrate courts.

In August 2016, six inmates were killed in the Abakaliki Prison, Ebonyi State in a failed jail break, and on January 27 six inmates also died when a gang came to rescue notorious Imo criminal, ‘Vampire’ at Owerri High Court. Also on February 28, two detainees died in police custody in Lagos, leading to protests by sympathizers.

Spokesman of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) DCP Francis said during a telephone interview yesterday that nobody died during the Owerri.


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