FG writes governors, plan mass prisoners’ release

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has written to the Nigerian Governors Forum to request a meeting in order to decongest jails around the country.

This was made known to newsmen by the Minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, in Abuja.

The minister said that the interface was necessary as more than 90 per cent of the inmates were being held for contravening various state laws, noting that over 70 per cent of the 75,635 inmates at present were awaiting trial. He said that the federal offenders in the system were far fewer than 10 per cent, adding that the bulk of people in custody were those who had run afoul of state laws.

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