A MEDIA group known as New Nigeria Conversation made up of senior editors dedicated to promoting democracy, good governance, leadership, human and social rights has commended ongoing audit exercise of prisons in tghe country , being undertaken by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC. This was made known yesterday in a press release signed by its Public Relations Officer, Muhammed Ibrahim, in Abuja. Last week, the NHRC commenced its 2016 audit of prisons and detention facilities in the country beginning with the prison in Awka, Anambra State capital. The media group lamented that the state of prison condition in the country is dehumanising and that it was partly responsible for inmates’ revolts and jailbreaks. The NNC acknowledged that the spate of jailbreak in the country is alarming and pose a serious national security threat. According to the Commission, “the prison audit is meant to examine the general condition of the prison inmates, the prison officials and prison infrastructure and make appropriate recommendations to the authorities. The audit will particularly examine the access to justice issues and welfare of both awaiting trial inmates and convicts and make appropriate recommendations to stakeholders”. The prison audit exercise which will end with a national prison conference to examine the issue of human rights of prison inmates and the challenges of security in the prisons is a right step in the right direction capable of addressing jailbreaks in the country. The NNC therefore commended the Commission and declared its support to it in this exercise and equally called on Nigerians, especially relevant stakeholders such as the Federal Ministry of Interior, authorities of the Nigerian Immigration Service, prison staff and inmates to support NHRC’s efforts in order to address the problems associated with Nigerian prisons.
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