Lawyers in Nigeria under the aegis of Lawyers Alert have expressed concern over the slow pace and low implementation of the Federal Government policy to decongest correctional centers across the country.
The group expressed worry that state governments are moving at an “unbelievably slow pace” with less than ten out of the 36 states complying by releasing prisoners 8 weeks after the initiative was announced.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier approved the decongestion of Nigeria Correctional Service Centres, NCoS, to aid in curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
This prompted civil society groups including Lawyers Alert to set up monitoring teams to ensure that the policy was implemented objectively to achieve the desired goal.
The legal director of Lawyers Alert, who is also the head of its Prisons Decongestion Monitoring Team, Bamidele Jacobs, in a statement noted that the Federal Government’s pace concerning the implementation of the policy did not match the urgency of the situation.