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Aregbesola Laments Over Rising Inmate Population, Seeks 12-Month Trial

Aregbesola Laments Over Rising Inmate Population, Seeks 12-Month Trial

Aregbesola Laments Over Rising Inmate Population, Seeks 12-Month Trial

Aregbesola Laments Over Rising Inmate Population, Seeks 12-Month Trial

According to Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, the custodian facilities, and the resources available for the service are being strained by the growing number of prisoners awaiting trial.

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Aregbesola suggested that the time span between a suspect’s arrest and the conclusion of their legal proceedings should not exceed a year. He attributed the crowding of prisons to the delayed administration of justice.

Adding that it had taken him 42 months to recover his mandate in Osun State, but that it currently took less than a year to resolve election tribunal issues, he expressed optimism that this was doable.

On the second day of the retreat for top officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Sokoto on Tuesday, Aregbesola gave a speech.

The minister said,

“Let there be strong advocacy for rapid dispensation of justice. When I went to court to get my mandate that was stolen in Osun the process lasted 42 months. It was precisely six months to the expiration of the tenure that my mandate was returned.

Aregbesola Laments Over Rising Inmate Population, Seeks 12-Month Trial

“It was that experience that forced the judiciary to say every litigation on governorship election must not last more than a year and since then they have kept to it. To reduce the number of inmates awaiting trial we must ensure that the time from arrest to conviction must not go beyond a year.

“If this is done, we will reduce the large percentage of inmates in our correctional centers. We will also be able to reduce the humongous cost of feeding them and the lack of not having enough resources.

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“If we can reduce the number of awaiting trial inmates by cutting short the period of trial to a maximum of 12 months the amount we are going to save from feeding them will be enough to revamp the service and our centers.”

Aregbesola also bemoaned what he described as the unbefitting status of some of the correctional facilities across the country, urging the personnel to mobilize community efforts to change the facial appearance of the facilities.


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