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Prisoners In Nigeria Consume N1,200 Meals Per Day

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Assistant Controller of Prisons, Othman Musa, revealed that the cost of feeding a prisoner is N1,200 on a daily basis.

He made the disclosure during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN on Thursday in Abuja.

The prison boss also blamed the cases of awaiting trials, overcrowding and jailbreaks in the country’s prisons on the frequent adjournment of cases by the law courts.

Musa added that prison structures in the country are old and dilapidated.

He said: “Most of our facilities are virtually as old as Nigeria because most of them are over 100 years old and the same structures, housing large number of inmates.

“These are buildings constructed during the pre-colonial period and they house as much as 40 inmates, more than thrice its capacity.

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“So you find out that at any given time, there is congestion, which is not unconnected with the frequent adjournment of court cases. “We have more awaiting trials than the convicted inmates.

“So where you are supposed to have 10 people in a room, you are now having 20 or 25 people,” he said.

Musa added that the welfare of the inmates was poor but that efforts were on to improve on the condition.

He said, “As at now, I can say the feeding is okay. You know you cannot feed a person three times daily on N1,000 and expect that food to be okay.

“But with the present increase in feeding fee, there is much improvement in the quality of the meals.

“Their feeding is N400 now per meal three times per day (which is equal to N1,200 daily).”

The prison boss urged members of the public to always show love and care to prisoners.

“Those incarcerated are our brothers, sisters and relations, but we hardly go and visit them, when they are in prison or out of prison,” he said

“The moment you stigmatise an ex-convict, he has no alternative than to go back to their old friends and then, back to prisons.

“But if you show them love and care after imprisonment, introduce him to religious activities, bring them closer to you and give advice, we may perhaps change them,” he suggested.

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