Over 12,000 Prison Inmates Freed In Last Six Years For Decongestion

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The Federal Government, disclosed that over 12,000 inmates were released from various correctional centres across the country within the last six years.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made the disclosure during the 2023 budget defence session before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, saying that it was in line with the policy of prison decongestion of this administration.

Malami stated this in response to a question from Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC, Osun Central), noting that the Federal Government was able to decongest the over congested prisons across the country through policy actions, in addition to the administration of Criminal Justice Act, meant for expeditious dispensation of Justice.

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