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115,000 Awaiting Trial Inmates Worry FG

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115,000 Awaiting Trial Inmates Worry FG

The Federal Government on Thursday expressed concern over the increasing number of awaiting-trial-inmates in the Nigerian Correctional Centres nationwide.

The government said the number of suspects waiting for trial and seeking justice stood at over 115,000 nationwide.

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The Secretary, Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee, Suleiman Dawodu, raised the issue in an interview with journalists during the bi-monthly meeting on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, organised by the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice in Abuja.

At the event, the Head (Department of Programmes and Research) in ANEEJ, Eriokpan Henri-Paul, stressed the need for better collaboration and information sharing amongst the various stakeholders to ensure the effective administration of the criminal justice system in Nigeria.

Dawodu said, “We are far from international standard, almost 50 years backwards. I come from United Kingdom experience. There’s a big gap within the criminal justice system from the apathy or the lack of political will itself towards supporting the criminal justice system.

“I think it’s a deliberate effort almost in terms of supporting criminal justice system, the attitude of the people involved is leading to the failure of the system. I think we can get an improved justice system; if supported from the top by the policymakers.

“The Nigerian Correctional Service do have the number of suspects waiting for trial. But the last time I heard, I think it is about 115,000 or more because it keeps going up every day and sometimes you don’t even have accurate records, because we don’t have a computerised system for that.”

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