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FG TO Relocate Ikoyi Correctional Centre, others - TELL Magazine

FG TO Relocate Ikoyi Correctional Centre, others

Ikoyi Prison

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior has disclosed the Federal Government’s plans to relocate Ikoyi prison and some other correctional centres from urban centres in the country to other areas.
Tunji-Ojo who made this known on Channels Television’s Politics Today said urbanisation has eaten into the setbacks that ought to be around correctional centres in the country.
“Under this administration, we’ve not had any jail attack; what we’ve had was force majeure which was Suleja because that particular correctional centre was built in 1914. It’s about 110 years old.
“President Tinubu…inherited 256 correctional centres that needed attention. There is no way he would have completely overhauled it in one year.
“I must talk about urbanisation. Look at Suleja for example, the Suleja correctional centre that came down was only 7 metres away from the next house. Instead of what the law says which is a buffer space of 100 metres. So, urbanisation has eaten deep.
“Look at Ikoyi Correctional Centre sharing a fence with (another house). What’s (a) correctional centre doing in Ikoyi? This administration is looking at being able to initiate the process of possibly relocating some of these correctional centres.”
“Government would soon commence “inmate audit” across the 256 correctional centres in the country and sanitise them by freeing those who don’t have any business being there in the first instance.”
According to him, President Bola Tinubu’s administration has started the renovation and rebuilding of some of the prisons in Nigeria.
“We’ve renovated over 10 correctional centres under this administration. The government has done magic in the Kuje correctional centre,” he said.

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