Presidency says it is worried over the growing population of inmates of the country’s prisons are not convicts.
Interior minister, Lieutenant General Abdulraman Dambazzau says seven out of every 10 inmates in the prisons are still awaiting trial in courts
According to the minister who expressed his concern at the development during a visit to the Kano Central Prison in Kano metropolis, some of the awaiting trial inmates remain in prisons for up to 15 years.
The minister said the decision to visit the prison was to show to the inmates that the government was aware of their existence.
“The high number of awaiting trial inmates is worrisome, because the prisons are meant for convicts, but you find out at the end of the day that more than 70 percent of the people there are awaiting trial inmates,” he said.
Dambazau added that, “some of the inmates were supposed to stay for few years but ended up staying for up to 15 years.”
Dambazzau who visited the Kano prison in company of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, thanked Kano state government for providing a vast piece of land for the construction of a new prison that will accommodate 3,000 inmates.