The Federal Government has said the sum of N22.44 billion was earmarked to feed inmates in all the custodial centers nationwide.
Speaking at a two-day conference on ‘Decongestion and Corrections Administration’ in Abuja on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, said the amount was due to the congestion of the custodial centers.
He called for the reform of the service and custodial center for the smooth rehabilitation of inmates.
Belgore said, “The Federal Government budgeted N22.44 billion in the 2023 appropriation to cater for the feeding of inmates.
“There is the need for holistic Corrections reforms, including the modernization of custodial centers to ensure the reformation and rehabilitation of inmates. Stakeholders have stressed the need to build new facilities and redesign the bail system to actualize why we are here today. ”
“Presently, there are 244 Custodial Centres nationwide, with a 75,507 inmate population, leading to 82 Custodial Centres being overcrowded. The total number of male inmates is 73,821 and 1,686 are female inmates. Of the 75,507 inmates, 52,436 are awaiting trial while 23,071 are convicted persons, with 3,322 as condemned inmates on death row.”