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COVID-19: Prisons reopen in 28 states, FCT

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… About 10,000 inmates admitted

CONTROLLER General OF Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, says service has commenced admission of inmates into custodial centres in 28 states of the country and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

  He stated this yesterday during presentation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials by Prisoners Rehabilitation Welfare Action (PRAWA), and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to the service in Abuja.

  Ahmed, however, added that eight states were yet to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines for reopening.

  According to Ahmed, since the admission was restored, over 9,900 inmates had been taken to the various custodian centres in the country, adding that no single case of COVID- 19 was recorded in any custodial centre across the nation up till date.

  “We have been investing a lot in the health of the inmates, especially during this coronavirus pandemic. We have also been receiving donations from other organisations. I can assure you that there is no COVID-19 case at our custodial centres,” he said.

  Speaking about the donation,  Executive Director of PRAWA, Uju Agomoh, said that the materials would be distributed across correctional centres in the FCT.

  According to Agomoh, PRAWA has continuous commitment to the promotion of institutional reforms, creation of access to justice, rehabilitation and social development for offenders, ex-offenders, tortured victims and youths at risk.

  Materials donated are 17 computers, 17 mobile phones and 17 modem for virtual visitation, 50,000 pieces of face masks, 1000 face shields for protection of inmates and correctional officers, 47 spraying cans for disinfection of custodial centres as well as 31 pedal operated water tanks for hand washing.

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