There are more condemned inmates in the Port Harcourt Prisons than the ordinary convicts – Controller of Prisons

The Controller of Nigerian Prisons in Rivers State, Mr. Olumide Tinuoye has revealed that there are more condemned inmates, awaiting execution, in the

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The Controller of Nigerian Prisons in Rivers State, Mr. Olumide Tinuoye has revealed that there are more condemned inmates, awaiting execution, in the Port Harcourt prisons than the number of regular convicts serving time in the facility.

Speaking, yesterday at the inauguration of the Justice Sector Reform Team by the Rivers State Government, Mr. Tinuoye raised alarm over the high number of inmates at the Port Harcourt prisons.  He said that 4,804 inmates are currently at the Port Harcourt prisons against the 800 capacity the facility was built for, saying that “if you break it down, the number of those awaiting trial is 4,129 and the convicted and sentenced to terms of imprisonment is 319 while the condemned convicts are 356”. He therefore called for the speedy delivery of justice in Rivers State.

Also speaking at the inauguration of the Justice Sector Reform Team, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas-Jaja, cited the appointment of inexperience persons into the Customary Courts as one reason for the delay of justice delivery in the state. He said that:

“We have a problem where our subjects are appointed Chairmen and members of the Customary Courts without recourse to the custodians of customs and tradition in the communities and it becomes difficult for these young men to interpret laws of customary nature that they do not know anything about. Sometimes, they come to us to help them to interpret the custom”. The Amayanabo of Opobo therefore urged the state government to involve traditional institutions in the Customary Courts in the state.

Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja

On her part, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi Lamikanra, who is to serve as the Chairman of the Justice Sector Reform Team, hinted that the state’s judiciary will begin the electronic filing system next month to speed up justice delivery system in the state#

Chief Judge of Rivers State

 

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