Jonathan Spends N3.53bn annually To Feed Nigerian Prisoners

Date: 01-11-2011 9:48 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 1-11-2011 09:48 PM (10 years ago)
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The Nigerian Prisons Service has said it spends about N3.53bn annually on the feeding of inmates across the country.

The Comptroller-General of Prisons, Biodun Ogundipe, told the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights on Monday that Nigeria had 49,000 prisoners, out of which 38,000 were awaiting trial persons.



Ogundipe had appeared before the committee during the public hearing on the bill to amend the Transfer of Convicted Offenders Act to make it possible for Nigerians serving various jail sentences outside the country could be brought home to complete their sentences.

According to Ogundipe, the nation’s prisons possess the capacity to receive the incoming inmates from abroad, as the congestion of prisons was an urban phenomenon.

He said most of the prisons in the urban centres were far overstretched, while those in the rural areas were receiving inmates far below their capacities.

“We have the capacity to hold convicted prisoners, the problem we have is with the awaiting trial inmates,” he said.

Members of the committee raised questions on the condition of the nation’s prisons, arguing that bringing in additional prisoners from abroad could compound the problems of inmates.

Asked what it takes to feed prisoners, Ogundipe said the service was spending N200 to feed a prisoner on a daily basis.

Although the committee was shocked with disbelief, he explained that the N200 per prisoner per day was a recent improvement on the feeding of inmates, noting that hitherto, the situation was worse.

A bill seeking to give effect to the Commonwealth scheme on convicted offenders was almost killed on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, but sailed through after a controversial ruling by the President of the Senate, David Mark.

The bill, titled a Bill for an Act to amend the Transfer of Convicted Offenders Act CAP. T19, LFN 2004, seeks to remove from the principal Act the need for the consent of the convicted offender before they could be transferred to a different municipal jurisdiction to serve out their sentences.

The bill is to give effect to the Commonwealth scheme on the convicted offenders between Commonwealth countries and seeks to amend the provisions of the extant Act by removing the consent and verification procedure of returning convicted prisoners to serve out their term in Nigeria.

The amendment is to simply delete Sections 5(1)(d) and 8 which deal with the consent and verification of the convicted offender.

Another controversial clause inserted in the bill is that the administering country, such as Nigeria, will not have the power to review the cases for which the offenders were convicted or grant them pardon without the express permission of the country where they were convicted.

Ogundipe disagreed with that provision, saying that it would not be right for Nigeria to seek the permission of the country of conviction if she finds a good ground to pardon or grant amnesty to the offenders.

He also suggested that the prisoners that should qualify for transfers should have committed offences that were offences in Nigeria.

He said that 561 prisoners in the United Kingdom had been considered qualified for the exchange, just as between 12 and 14 inmates were already screened for the exchange.

Meanwhile, a civil society activist, Mr. Max Banite, who appeared before the committee said the policy was anti people and a breach of the fundamental rights of the people.

He said, “The crimes were committed offshore, the sentences were given offshore, they serve their sentences offshore.”

He argued that the deleting of the clause which allows the prisoners’ consent in the transfer, was also a violation of the rights of the individual.

He argued that Nigeria was a signatory to the Vienna Convention which has as a fundamental principle, the right of consent by prisoners to be transferred.


Posted: at 1-11-2011 09:48 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- HOPEA23 at 1-11-2011 09:57 PM (10 years ago)
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he sent money to feed the prisoners
how about non prisoner (innocent people)?
he is preparing the prison now,because he knows very soon he will a prisoner  Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided

Posted: at 1-11-2011 09:57 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- progressikxxx at 1-11-2011 11:35 PM (10 years ago)
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If na me i prefer to stay prison for outside country than staying in prison for Nigeria..Though i never pray to be one..Nigeria prison na hell fire..no difference..
Posted: at 1-11-2011 11:35 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- osesunday at 2-11-2011 12:11 AM (10 years ago)
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dude is even beta sometimes to be a prisoner in USA dan a citezen in Nigeria
Posted: at 2-11-2011 12:11 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lopez2424 at 2-11-2011 12:20 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: osesunday on  2-11-2011 12:11 AM
dude is even beta sometimes to be a prisoner in USA dan a citezen in Nigeria
Grin Grin
Posted: at 2-11-2011 12:20 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- babyleslie at 2-11-2011 12:52 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: HOPEA23 on  1-11-2011 09:57 PM
he sent money to feed the prisoners
how about non prisoner (innocent people)?
he is preparing the prison now,because he knows very soon he will a prisoner  Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 2-11-2011 12:52 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- toibeli at 2-11-2011 03:15 AM (10 years ago)
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How can nigeria receive foreign prisoners when they cannot take care of the prisoners at home.
Posted: at 2-11-2011 03:15 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ladypee04 at 2-11-2011 05:27 AM (10 years ago)
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Being a prisoner i the usa is like going to broaden school......... 9ja prison is a dungeon......... Hell fire.......
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- Jadeau at 2-11-2011 06:35 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: ladypee04 on  2-11-2011 05:27 AM
Being a prisoner i the usa is like going to broaden school......... 9ja prison is a dungeon......... Hell fire.......

Your source?
Posted: at 2-11-2011 06:35 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- nickyvil at 2-11-2011 06:46 AM (10 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 2-11-2011 06:46 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ajanni at 2-11-2011 07:10 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: ladypee04 on  2-11-2011 05:27 AM
Being a prisoner i the usa is like going to broaden school......... 9ja prison is a dungeon......... Hell fire.......

ok
be their guest there now
Posted: at 2-11-2011 07:10 AM (10 years ago) | Grande Master
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- cadanre at 2-11-2011 07:50 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: osesunday on  2-11-2011 12:11 AM
dude is even beta sometimes to be a prisoner in USA dan a citezen in Nigeria

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Posted: at 2-11-2011 07:50 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- yenibaby at 2-11-2011 08:15 AM (10 years ago)
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Na lie jor
Posted: at 2-11-2011 08:15 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ajanni at 2-11-2011 08:16 AM (10 years ago)
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so you think?
Posted: at 2-11-2011 08:16 AM (10 years ago) | Grande Master
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- marksboy at 2-11-2011 08:38 AM (10 years ago)
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another strategy of stealing money, this so called LEADERS SELF.
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- macino_1 at 2-11-2011 08:44 AM (10 years ago)
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even in being in the prison 4 9ja na HELL... ITS BETTER IN B IN THE USA PRISON DAN B A CITIZEN IN 9JA
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- agochukwu at 2-11-2011 08:53 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: osesunday on  2-11-2011 12:11 AM
dude is even beta sometimes to be a prisoner in USA dan a citezen in Nigeria
Says who?? what do you think usa is?nigga thr prison is hell you dnt wanna compare t with my mother land....
bro nothing pass freedom it doesnt matter where you are........ Grin
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- Nossy3 at 2-11-2011 09:04 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: ladypee04 on  2-11-2011 05:27 AM
Being a prisoner i the usa is like going to broaden school......... 9ja prison is a dungeon......... Hell fire.......
9ja prison is a dungeon...
Have you been in 9ja prison b/4 ?
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- YoungM at 2-11-2011 09:15 AM (10 years ago)
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A DOG CAN NOT SURVIVE HERE Sad
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- DHash at 2-11-2011 09:17 AM (10 years ago)
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OK
Posted: at 2-11-2011 09:17 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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