UNODC completes assessment of 36 Nigerian prisons

Under the European Union funded project, Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria, UNODC has completed an assessment of the intake and release of inmates in 36 Nigerian prisons located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and the nine other project states. The assessment was commissioned in 2014 and the preliminary result was presented to 45 prison officers for validation at a workshop in Abuja on 10 June 2015.

The assessment was conducted by four consultants over a period of six months. It examined the total number of inmates within the period, the number of inmates on awaiting trial, the number released, the physical condition of the prisons, and the infrastructure and capacity building resources available to the inmates.

The validation workshop enabled prison officers to comment on the assessment report and ascertain whether the findings were correctly presented.

One key recommendation from the assessment is the need to take urgent measures that would help reduce the number of awaiting trial inmates as a way of reducing congestion in Nigerian prisons.

When finalized, the report of the assessment will provide a good reference point for targeted interventions in Nigerian prisons. "The report has described the environment and shortcomings in the prisons assessed, especially the percentage of awaiting trial inmates. We hope to work with the Nigeria Prisons Service and other partners to address these shortcomings," said Koli Kouame, UNODC Country Representative.

For more information, please contact:

James Ayodele, Outreach and Communications Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Tel: 234 701 683 9159, 234 802 976 8649, E-mail: james.ayodele@unodc.org