The Lagos State Government has said the relocation of prisons across the country from their present sites to more spacious locations will ensure safety in the prison system.
The Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, stated this on Friday, July 29 2017 while receiving the state Controller of Prisons, Mr. Tunde Ladipo, and officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Lagos State Command, in his office.
The SSG, who noted that the move was not new, added that relocating prisons would solve overpopulation challenges currently being faced in prisons located within the state.
He said the prisons in the state, which include Kirikiri Maximum, Medium and Ikoyi prisons, were overpopulated, “The prisons in Lagos are overpopulated. The capacities of all prisons in the state have been exceeded and their facilities are overstretched.”
Bello also stated that the state government would continue to assist the state prisons service command with equipment to keep the prisons safe at all times.
He noted that the request for provision of body scanners and installation of Close Circuit Television cameras would be channelled to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, as well as the state security council.
Earlier, the state Controller of Prisons advised the state government to consider more of non-custodial sentences for sanitation offenders, rather than remand them in the already over populated prisons.