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Posted: 2019-05-23

Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq has said that the modern prison system is meant to reform inmates and make them better citizens.

Receiving the new Controller of Prisons F.C.T. Command, Abuja, Mustapha Iliyasu who was on a familiarization visit to the Commission's Headquarters, Abuja the Executive Secretary said the new concept has gone a long way in providing a paradigm shift from the erroneous belief that the aim of custodial sentence is to punish the convict.

Ojukwu noted that the introduction of academic and skills acquisition knowledge among inmates has further improved the conditions of the convicts .The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Director, Civil and Political Rights, Mr. Abdulrahman Yakubu expressed delight over the visit of the new F.C.T. Prison helmsman stating that the Commission has been partnering with the prison service for a long time.

"We have been carrying out prison audit throughout the federation and making recommendations to the appropriate quarters" he said. He explained further that the intervention of the Commission has brought a lot of reforms in the Prisons sector. The criminal justice system he said has alot to do with prison congestion. From arrest, prosecution and sentencing there are alot of gaps among the duty bearers. He reiterated the Commissions commitment to ensuring that relevant stakeholders live up to their responsibilities.

In his remarks the Controller of Prisons F.C.T Command Mr. Mustapha Illyasu stated that his visit was to interact and strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the command and the NHRC. He noted that he had enjoyed a close relationship with NHRC right from the time he was in Enugu. He decried the high number of awaiting trials cases in prisons which according to him has led to congestion of prisons.

The F.C.T. Prisons boss earlier on revealed that the prison command had established adult education from secondary school to university levels in partnership with NOUN where inmates attend classes free of charge. NECO he also disclosed has established an Examination centre for inmates to accelerate their reforms and equip them for the future.


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