The Federal Government has said it would release more inmates just as the number of those discharged has increased to 3,955, to decongest the custodial facilities and curb COVID-19 spread.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, explained that the challenge of inmates’ accommodation was being addressed with the construction of 3,000-capacity custodial centres in Kano, Karshi, Abuja and Bori in Rivers State.
Speaking at the inauguration of 59 vehicles at the Nigerian Correctional Service headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, the minister also said that 32 satellite custodial centres previously shut down due to insurgency had been re-opened and rehabilitated while 14 new facilities and barracks had been constructed.
Aregbesola stated that the service had contributed to agriculture and food production in the country through the reactivation of custodial farm centres for large scale agricultural production in piggery, fishing, cattle rearing and poultry in different parts of the country.
He said, “When we started the programme two months ago, over 2,600 inmates were released from custody. This number has since increased to 3,955 as the process is ongoing and progressively, more inmates will exit our custodial centres.”