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Majority awaiting trial, many on death row: Here are the demographics of 75,000+ inmates in Nigerian prisons

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The number of inmates in the various custodial centres across the country rose by 18,805 between 2015 and 2022, a document by the Ministry of Interior has shown.

The report titled, ‘A documentation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration scorecard (2015–2023)’, shows that in 2015, there were 56,704 inmates, but so far in 2022, the figure has increased to 75,509.

The report states that out of this figure, 52,710 inmates, representing 69.8 per cent, were awaiting trial. The figure comprised 51,481 males and 1,229 females. Similarly, it noted that 3,145 inmates, comprising 3,084 males and 61 females, were on death row.

“The Corrections Information Management System, which captures the records and biometrics of every inmate in the custodial centres to facilitate quick dispensation of justice, has so far been deployed in all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory,” the document stated.

The ministry, which oversees the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Service Board, noted in the document that there had been massive infrastructural upgrades across the custodial centres.

“A total of 112 new custodial centres have been built, 20 new cells have been added in prisons where space allows, and old cells have been renovated to improve living conditions in most custodial facilities,” it added.

It said in partnership with the National Open University of Nigeria, there were about 420 inmates running degree and postgraduate degree programmes, while about 100 inmates had been enrolled for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and that of the National Examination Council, in addition to adult literacy classes.