FG to spend ₦22.44bn on feeding inmates

By Starrys Obazei | May 12, 2023.

The Federal Government has disclosed that it will spend ₦22.4 billion feeding inmates in correctional centers nationwide.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, on Thursday, said the fund is budgeted for in the 2023 Appropriation Act.

The inmates are spread in 244 custodial centers nationwide, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore said during a high-level conference on corrections and decongestion of custodial centers.

Belgore stated that there has been a steady rise in the population of the custodial centers with at least 80 percent of the inmates awaiting trial.

According to him, there are 244 custodial centers nationwide, with a 75,507 inmate population, thereby leading to 82 of them being overcrowded.

He also noted that the total number of male inmates is 73,821 and female 1,686 female inmates.

Out of the 75,507 inmates, 52,436 are awaiting trial while 23,071 are convicted individuals, with 3,322 as condemned inmates on death row.

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