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70% Of Inmates In Kano Awaiting Trial –NCoS

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says 70 per cent of inmates are awaiting trial across the custodial centres in Kano State. Spokesman Musbahu Lawan said this at the State Headquarters on Monday in Kano. He said overcrowding was a challenge to the smooth operation of the NCoS in the state, as the number of awaiting trial inmates had tripled that of convicted inmates.

Lawan said: “Statistics show that only 30 per cent of inmates are convicted in the correctional service, while inmates awaiting trial constitute 70 per cent of the total number of inmates in the state. “Most of the inmates awaiting trial have stayed in custody with their cases yet to be determined by the courts.

“Our laws give us the power to transfer convicted inmates to any facility in the country, so if the inmates awaiting trial are eventually convicted there won’t be congestion,” Lawan said. He said: “Most of the convicted inmates also benefit from the educational programmes in the custodial centres.”

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