Federal Government has facilitated the release of 3,789 inmates in prisons nationwide as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus since the discovery of COVID-19 in the country.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami made this public on Tuesday while speaking at an event meant to highlight the achievements of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Service Reform and Decongestion.
Malami noted that the Presidential Committee has since its establishment in October 2017 aided the release of a total of 7,713 from 39 prisons in 18 states that it has visited and appraised.
The AGF said the Presidentail Committee, headed by the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello has also identified many challenges in the nations correctional centres and is working ways to address them.
He noted that the inadequacy of the nations correctional facilities now compels them to currently operate at over 150% of their capacity.
He said part of measures to address the inadequacy in the correctional centres is the ongoing construction of 3000-capacity maximum security custodial centres in Karshi, Abuja and Janguza in Kano State.
The AGF said, the COVID19 pandemic has posed its own peculiar challenges in the light of the worrisome and dilapidated state of correctional centres nationwide noting that his office will work with the Ministry of Interior and other relevant agencies to urgently decongest the correctional centres of awaiting trial inmates.