The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has ordered the Chief Judges of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to ensure a speedy trial of criminal cases to ease overcrowding in prisons.He urged them to “consider conditional or unconditional release of Awaiting Trial Persons who have spent six years or more in custody”.The CJN, who doubles as Chairman of the National Judicial Council, gave this directive in a memo with reference number, NJC/CIR/HOC/II/662, and dated May 15, 2020.The memo addressed to state CJs was posted on the NJC’s website on Friday.Muhammad said his directive was in line with the call by the United Nations on countries “to consciously reduce the population of inmates since physical distancing and self-isolation in such conditions are practically impossible” during the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.The CJN, who decried the increasing number of awaiting trial inmates, said out of 74,127 people in the various prisons 52,226 of them were being held on remand awaiting trial.He told the CJs “to embark on immediate visits to all custodial/correctional centres within your respective states to identify and release deserving inmates, where that has not been done already.”He urged them to consider releasing awaiting inmate prisoners who had spent six years or more.He also told the CJs to consider discharging awaiting trial persons who had no confirmed criminal cases against them, the aged and terminally ill.
Poor network connection on Thursday prevented Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, from addressing a United Nations virtual meeting. Themed on finance for development, the meeting was convened by at the instance of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. Buhari’s connection from Abuja had hitches right from the start as he went on and off for seconds […]
President Buhari has urged Nigerians in the diaspora to support the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. He made the appeal in a video message to commemorate the 2020 Diaspora Day themed ,“Leveraging Diaspora Resources for National Development in a COVID-19 Era”. He also commended Nigerians abroad, estimated to be more than 17 million, for their […]
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says Nigerians will only see the achievements of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), only if they “calm down”. Adesina said this in an article titled, ‘Why We Need to Calm Down’, referencing the now viral ‘calm down’ video. He said like […]