Attacks on correctional centres -GCFRNG

Attacks on correctional centres -GCFRNG

Or later, there had been a series of attacks on military, police and prison facilities. The bloody attacks on police stations and other government institutions are launched to instill fear. There have been more attacks on military and police facilities than on prisons. The military and police provide security to our correctional facilities in Nigeria.

The attacks on the Nigerian Defense Academy, prisons, etc. they are part of the security challenges facing Nigeria, which faces an unprecedented wave of different but overlapping security crises, from kidnappings to extremist insurgencies. Almost every corner of the country has been affected by violence and crime and these pose a great danger to our correctional facilities. The scale of insecurity threatens the very fabric of Nigerian society.

Between 2016 and 2021, more than 3,000 prisoners / inmates were illegally released from Nigerian correctional facilities due to security concerns.

In five months, 10 prisons have been attacked. In November 2020, while counting the costs of the #ENDSARS protests, Information Minister Lai Mohammed had said that eight prisons were attacked, “with 1,957 prisoners released and 31 employees injured.

Rauf Aregbesola became Minister of the Interior in 2019 and is working hard to prevent future attacks on correctional facilities. I must blame the threat of prison congestion on the nature of the criminal justice system in Nigeria.

The criminal justice system encompasses all the paraphernalia of the justice system, from the police, the courts, correctional facilities, and other law enforcement agencies. The investigation takes weeks or months to conclude and when a matter in the investigation is concluded and brought to court for trial, if no charges are brought against them in a court of competent jurisdiction, you will see that there will be a delay.

The Minister of the Interior works twenty-four hours a day within his constitutional powers to decongest correctional facilities. Recently, Aregbesola asked the governors of 36 states to sign death sentences. In recent years, calls for the death penalty are being made due to the increase in cases of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism.

This is the time in Nigeria when we need the death sentence more than at any other time. Since October 2020 to date, 3,000 inmates have escaped from the Nigerian Correctional Service, but state governors have refused to sign execution orders for 3,008 inmates sentenced by the courts.

Aregbesola faces a dilemma over what to do with the 3,008 criminals in the country’s correctional centers who have been sentenced to death by the courts. The silent moratorium on state governors, which borders on their unwillingness to pass death sentences for convicted criminals, is a big problem for the minister.

The slowness of the administration of justice in the country is often attributed to a prolonged and sometimes malicious postponement of cases, which has led to the non-dispensation of most cases and the subsequent abandonment of inmates in the jails.

Unfortunately, due to inherent lapses in the system, the correctional facility system, which is supposed to be reformatory, has finally become punitive, thus defeating the very essence of sending convicts to jail. The implication of this reverse system of prison administration is that inmates in our correctional facilities come out with a more criminal mentality than they were before conviction.

Furthermore, the constitutional duties of higher judges to visit prisons must be consistently fulfilled. This power conferred on the higher judges to visit and release inmates who have committed crimes or who have exceeded their prison terms and are still there, would help to drastically decongest prisons.

Similarly, there is the institutionalized way of delaying trials by holding charges. The time has come for the nation to remove these interim measures. Equally important is the bottom-up review of the funding of the judiciary and the proper judicial staff to do the job.

With adequate funding, prison authorities will be able to transport inmates from court to prison. In the current situation, there are cases where the courts cannot sit down because there are no vehicles to transport the inmates to the courts.

The police must also have the necessary means to carry out their constitutional role in the administration of justice. In our opinion, when this is done, the justice administration system will improve and this, in turn, will help to decongest our prisons for a saner society.

Aregbesola is providing reliable, field-proven technology backed by professional expertise to safeguard correctional facilities and detention centers in Nigeria within available resources.

The technology will allow guards to monitor and track inmates, detect illegal activities, isolate and control violent incidents, and prevent intrusion into secure correctional facilities, but financing to execute their security plans is their main problem.

In addition to improving security measures, the Federal Government is also implementing many innovative schemes in prisons aimed at rehabilitating inmates and turning them into productive citizens when they are released.

However, authorities from the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS, say they are doing everything they can to strengthen security at their facilities across the country. Sophisticated weapons, armored personnel carriers, APCs and others have been purchased to prevent further attacks.

Aregbesola is working with other law enforcement agencies to prevent attacks on correctional facilities. They will provide armored personnel carriers, APCs, and some other sophisticated weapons that can help us strengthen correctional facilities. For intelligence gathering, the services involved have also been available as they are increasing their reach and collaboration to ensure that these incidents do not happen again.

Some of these facilities that have been attacked are located in areas that are now surrounded by private developers. These correctional facilities are supposed to have buffer areas, and the buffer areas should be no closer than 200 meters around the correctional facilities.

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