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Correctional centers; Human Rights Commission begins facility audit

ByChad J. Johnson

May 17, 2022

the The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nigeria, has undertaken an audit of facilities in correctional centers across the country.

the The audit is part of the Commission’s mandate to ensure the humane protection of persons in detention and detainees treated in accordance with international best practices.

Chairman of the Board of the National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Salamatu Suleiman, while leading a Commission delegation to Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, Nigeria, toured senior officials service in different segments of the facility, including the health center. , kitchen, recreation center, cells, skills/vocation center, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) study center and places of worship for inmates among others.

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She commended the officers of the Service for the professional manner in which they deal with the detainees, adding that such an attitude will help reform the character of those in the detention facility.

Dr. Salamatu Suleiman observed that officers have made a difference by connecting with the concerns and needs of the inmates in their care.

The President, visibly delighted with the attitude of the workers towards the detainees, noted that the impression an average Nigerian has of uniformed correctional officers is the application of force, adding that this is not the case with Kuje Correctional Service.

“But here there is mutual respect between officers and inmates, which is good for the whole system,” Dr. Suleiman said.

Deputy Comptroller for Kuje Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Shehu told the President and his team that the correctional center was built in 1989 with a capacity of 560 but now houses 926 inmates.

He noted that the inmates awaiting trial number 740 while the number of convicted and life-sentenced prisoners is 186 and 28 respectively.

Shehu said the inmates at the facility are between 18 and above, while the food cost per inmate is N750 per day compared to N450 previously.

Regarding some of their main challenges, the senior prison officer in Kuje revealed that they do not have enough office space and sometimes experience logistical problems resulting in delays in transporting inmates to courts within the FCT.

The nationwide audit exercise was launched by the Chairman of the NHRC Board on May 12, 2022 at the Nigerian Correctional Service Headquarters, Abuja with the donation of consumable doses medical supplies and glasses for detainees thanks to the support of an NGO Gift Health Plus.

Lateefah Ibrahim