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November 2019

Muiz Banire > 2019 > November

Nigeria correctional facilities and need for reformation (2)

They must not take delight in the admission of inmates when they know that the facility is incapable of accommodating the potential inmates Towards principally addressing the challenge of decongesting the prisons, section 18 of the recent Nigerian Correctional Service Act signed by the President enjoined the officials to notify the heads of courts once a facility reaches its maximum capacity. Consequent upon this, the Act commands that they reject any further admission of offenders into such facility. I know as a fact that there is hardly a single facility in this country that is not currently overburdened. Notwithstanding this...

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Conspiracy of the masses against the downtrodden

The Nigerian polity is generally suffused with lamentations and complaints of leadership failure which is indubitably true in many respects. Governments come to power on the strength of failure of their predecessors to achieve what can amount to substantial, if any, progress to better the lots of the masses. Unfortunately, the same cycle of complaints sooner than later becomes the causal factor for which the people wish they had not supported the emergence of the incumbents. Whether there is justification for such regrets and agitation for change of government is another issue. It is palpably clear that the inability or failure...

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Nigeria correctional facilities and need for reformation (i)

As a student of criminal law, sentencing and treatment of offenders, I am not oblivious of the challenges confronting our prison system, (correctional service facility) for a long time, but with passage of time, I seem to have been so much used to it to the extent of giving up on any reformation. Equally, there is enough literature on the subject to the extent that it will seem that any further interrogation is needless. However, two events that I experienced recently gingered my interest in revisiting the subject again. The first of it was the remark by the Honourable Minister for...

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