Following the spate of jail breaks in the country, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, flagged-off the 2016 audit of prison detention centres in Awka, yesterday.
A statement signed its Head of Media, Fatimah Agwai Mohammad, stated that the exercise would go on simultaneously in 23 states and the FCT where the commission has zonal and state offices.
“The prison audit exercise will examine the general condition of inmates, officials and prison infrastructure and make appropriate recommendations to the authorities. The audit will particularly examine access to justice issues and welfare of both awaiting trial inmates and convicts and make appropriate recommendations to authorities and stakeholders.
“This audit will be followed by a national prison conference to examine the issue of human rights of inmates and the challenges of security in prisons. The outcome of the audit and conference will help to proffer solutions to the current spate of jailbreaks. This year’s exercise was flagged-off by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, working in collaboration with the National Assembly,” the statement read.

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