By Onozure Dania
A civil society organization, Access to Justice, AJ, has faulted Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for encouraging state governors to sign death warrants for the execution of inmates on death row as a way of resolving the problem of congestion in prison formations across the country.
AJ in a statement by its convener, Joseph Otteh and Project Director, ‘Deji Ajare, said: “Speaking at the official commissioning of Osun State Command Headquarters of Prisons Complex in Osogbo on July 23, 2021, Minister of Interior, Aregbesola, had stated that out of 68,747 inmates currently housed in prison facilities nationwide, 50, 992 of them are awaiting trial, while 17,755 have been convicted and serving sentences.
“Also speaking on the challenge of congestion in correctional centres, the Minister revealed that its actual capacity of 57,278 has been exceeded by 18 percent. The Minister believes that if governors ‘take the bold…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper