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ACJMC Deplores Poor Living Condition of Inmates in Nigeria

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*CLEEN Foundation donates 50-bed mattresses

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The Administration of Criminal Justice monitoring committee (ACJMC) , has called on Government revamp the living conditions of inmates accross the country, while pointing out that the human rights of inmates should be considered even while in custody.

Sulayman Dawodu. the Secretary, ACJMC, made this call on Friday during during the donation of 50 beds by the CLEEN Foundation, at the Suleja Custodial Centre in Niger State.

He urged Government at all levels Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)and other non Governmental organization to help make the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) a suitable place for living

Dawodu disclosed that though the prison is in the need of about 200 beds, the 50 bed matrasses would go a long way to help, while urging other societies to tow the same line.

“We hope this would go round the country to show the standard as people should not be sitting on the floor because they are convict or awaiting trial.

“We encourage non government organization, government bodies and government themselves that there need to be a human rights standard priscrbed for all the inmates. inmates should not be treated inhumanly by sleeping on the ground”, he said.

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Meanwhile, the Assistat Comptroller of the Prison, Abdulrahaman Musa, representing the Comptroller, Abdulrahaman, Maiyaki Commended the Clean Foundation and ACJMC for the donation. He further urged for more support from Non-Governmental Organizations, and other stakeholders:

“The bedding here is not enough. The prisoners are human beings and it is not our wish for them to sleep on the bare floor”, he said.

He revealed that the actual capacity of the prison is 250 but currene has 530 inmates.

“We need to expand the capacity of the prison, we lack water, we have only one borehole and it is not sufficient. We need three or more,” he lamented.

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