Nigerian Government Orders Release of 70% Inmates over coronavirus

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Being part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Nigerian government has directed the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) to release all awaiting trial inmates in its custody.

Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of the interior gave the directive, He said this is to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading into the correctional centers.

Spokesman of the ministry, Mohammed Manga revealed in a statement that the directive was informed by the decision of the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus to avoid the spread of the virus in the centers.

He also said that the measure is aimed at ensuring the safety of the inmates, members of staff of the Nigeria Correctional Service and other Nigerians.

At the request of the federal government, state governors are expected to visit the custodial centers in their states with the chief judges and state attorneys-general, to consider and grant amnesty to deserving inmates.

The government had last week closed the country’s international airports to ensure those from high-risk countries do not find their way into Nigeria.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), also suspended all enrolment activities and other ancillary services across Nigeria.

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