The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of four additional cells at the Badagry Prisons in Lagos State, Mr. Frank Okonkwo, a Deputy Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service, said.
Okonkwo, who is in charge of the Badagry Prisons, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry that when completed, the four additional cells would reduce overcrowding.
He said that the prison was currently overstretched with 290 inmates as against the 160 prisoners’ capacity of the facility.
“The challenge of prison congestion in the Badagry Medium Security Prisons will soon be a thing of the past.
“The Federal Government is building additional prison cells for inmates and also rehabilitating the existing cells.
“This measure was taken because the prison capacity of 160 inmates has been overstretched. So with the building of the additional cells, the current challenges would be resolved.’’
The deputy controller said that the Lagos State Government had also donated a new vehicle to the prisons to convey inmates to court.
“Before, we only had two vehicles and this was not enough, due to the number of inmates we convey to courts on a daily basis.
“Apart from the Badagry Court, we convey some inmates to different locations in Lagos and we just have to do that.
“That problem has been solved with the bus the Lagos State Government donated to us and we appreciate the gesture.”
According to him, the prison also has facilities to reform inmates, including crafts workshops, to ensure prisoners’ integration into society after their discharge.
“We always make sure that people who come here are positively transformed when they are discharged.
“This is very important to us because prison is also meant to act as a reform centre for inmates.”
The deputy-controller appealed to youths to shun vices and remain dedicated and focused in order to become responsible members of society.