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.
The Federal Government has reviewed the nationwide curfew imposed to checkmate spread of coronavirus from 12am to 4am. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, disclosed this during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. He said: “I will first of all start with general movement. […]
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the nationwide looting and destruction of property. This was disclosed in a statement by the media aide to the president, Garba Shehu on Sunday. The president also urged the police and other security agencies to restore calm […]
The Federal Government on Friday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has put the country on an irreversible road to development in the last one year. It said the country had never witnessed such positive steps in a short time. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated these in Abuja […]