Lawyer Faults FG’s Plan To Build Courtrooms inside Prisons


Lawal Pedro (SAN)

Former Solicitor-General of Lagos State, Mr. Lawal Pedro, SAN has faulted plans by Federal Government to establish courtrooms within prison premises as a way of decongesting the prisons.

President Muhammadu Buhari had recently said that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation was considering building courtrooms within prison premises across the country.

Speaking on a radio programme Factfile on Raypower, Pedro stated that putting courtrooms inside prison premises will only amount to an expensive adhoc exercise that will not solve the perennial problem of prison congestion.

He suggested that other approaches such as putting all criminal trials on fast-track mode and devolution of powers to allow state build and manage prisons should be urgently considered.

“Building a courtroom inside the prison will not solve the problem of prison congestion. It…

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