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Three Hundred and Fifty Two inmates are on death row at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, according to the Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Lagos State, Mr Adewale Adebisi.
Adebisi made the disclosure on Wednesday while delivering his address of welcome at the 2022 Correctional Centres Decongestion Exercise.
The decongestion exercise is in line with Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provision Act.
The exercise is being supervised by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Kazeem Alogba.
“The inmates on death row at the Maximum Correctional Centre are 352, and there are categories of inmates.
“We also have a total of 150 inmates serving life jail terms,” he said.
According to him, there are five custodial centres in Lagos; Ikoyi, Badagry, Kirikiri Female, Kirikiri Medium and Kirikiri Maximum.
He said that Ikoyi Custodial Centre was built with 800 inmates capacity, but noted that as at today, “it hosts 2,465 inmates.
“And Kirikiri Maximum Custodial Centre, built with the capacity of 1,006 inmates now houses about 2000 inmates,” he said.
Adebisi noted that the Kirikiri Medium Custodial Centre which was built with the capacity of 5,930 inmates, presently houses 3,117 inmates.
“With this you can agree with me that most of the custodial centres in Lagos State are congested. It has been a great challenge for us in the NCS to handle this situation,” he said.
As part of the exercise the Chief Judge (CJ) of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, on Wedneday, freed 33 inmates of three custodial centres of thẹ Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) in Lagos.
Of the 33 inmates, eight were released from the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, while 11 and 14 were freed from the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium Custodial Centres respectively.
The inmates were pardoned at an open court session presided over by the Chief Judge at the premises of Justice Samuel Ilori Court House, Ogba, Lagos.