COVID-19: Correctional Center says 3,751 prisoners released so far

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COVID-19: Correctional Center says 3,751 prisoners released so far
COVID-19: Correctional Center says 3,751 prisoners released so far

The Comptroller General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, says 3,751 inmates have been released.

He said those affected were freed because they met the criteria set by the Federal Government.

The Service Public Relations Officer (SPEO) Chuks Njoku, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the decongestion of prisons amid the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

2,600 inmates were granted presidential amnesty in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on April 9.

NCoS explained that the figure rose to 3,751 as “some states Chief Judges, during the jail delivery processes, granted bail and release to some awaiting trial persons”.

Ahmed said the process is ongoing and that the final figures will be made public at the end of the exercise.

The breakdown of the figure showed that 2,740 convicts and 1,011 Awaiting Trial Inmates (ATI) had benefited from the exercise.

“The Service is assuring that all inmates qualified for the amnesty and jail delivery will be released accordingly”, the CG added.

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