Medium Prisons Nsukka gets face lift after 92 years

The federal government has replaced the old and dilapidated prison facility in Enugu – The buildings were furnished with newly constructed 36 cell building – The new project was embarked by the minister of interior, Abdulraman Danbazau. The Medium Prison in Nsukka, Enugu State has received a new look 92 years after it was built by the British colonial masters, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN correspondent who visited the prison in company of the Nigeria Prisons Service reports that the Federal Government replaced the old and dilapidating buildings with newly constructed 36 cell building. Speaking during inspection of the prison in Nsukka on Tuesday, June 12, the Controller of Prisons, Enugu, Mr Ndubuisi Ogbodo said that the new project was embarked by the Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Danbazau. “The old cells were built in 1926 by the British colonial masters and were dilapidated and outdated so that is why the federal government decided to build a new one to accommodate more inmates. “We had a seven-cell building at the prison and they are aged but the new 36 cells all en suite have better facilities and adequate security. “The project constructed under the watchful eyes of the Controller General, Mr Ahmed Jafaru is 90 per cent completed,’’ he said. The controller expressed satisfaction with the progress of work and promised that it would be completed in no distant time. The controller commended the inmates on their participation in the skill acquisition programme in the prison. “We have tailoring, carpentry and electrical workshops in the prisons and they are all functional,’’ he said. Ogbodo said that the prison also had data capturing machine for proper documentation of inmates. Some of the inmates listed their challenges including delay in trial and non legal representation adding that many of them had stayed over a decade without trial. The controller was conducted round the prison by the Deputy Controller in charge of the centre, Mr Edwin Akabueze.  Meanwhile, News previously reported that the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) had announced that majority of the inmates in its facilities across the country are awaiting trial. The NPS said 66% of these inmates are awaiting trial as at Friday, December 15. The controller general of NPS, Jaafaru Ahmed, said the current population of these prisoners is at 72,384. Ahmed represented by the spokesperson for the NPS, Francis Enobore, said 48,527 of the figure above are the awaiting trial inmates – constituting 66% of the total prison population.

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