Tinubu Announces Plan to Relocate Ikoyi, Suleja Prisons, Gives Reason

  • President Bola Tinubu-led federal government has announced the plan to Ikoyi prison and some other correctional centres in the country
  • Tinubu’s minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, announced the plan on Thursday, June 6, citing urbanisation as the reason for the development
  • According to the minister, Ikoyi prison is close to the next house, Suleja prison is just seven meters away from the next house, and the law stated that it should be 100 meters away from the next house

The President Bola Tinubu-led federal government has announced a plan to relocate the Ikoyi prison and some other correctional centres in the country from urban areas to other areas.

This was disclosed by Tinubu’s minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while featuring in an interview on Channels TV on Thursday, June 6.

President Bola Tinubu's minister of interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has said that the federal government would soon initiate a plan to relocate the Ikoyi correctional centre because of urbanization.Tinubu announces plan to relocate Ikoyi Correctional Centre
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How urbanization affected Nigerian prisons

According to the minister, urbanisation has caused a setback for some of the correctional centres in the country.

His comment reads in part:

“Under this administration, we’ve not had any jail attack; what we’ve had was force majeure, which was Suleja because that particular correctional centre was built in 1914. It’s about 110 years old.”

Tunji-Ojo said that Tinubu was not made president 110 years ago and that he inherited 256 correctional centres that deserved attention. However, the minister added that it was not easy for President Tinubu to overhaul the correctional centres in one year.

How Ikoyi prison should be relocated

He noted that the Suleja correctional centre was only seven meters away from the next house, which was against the law’s stipulated distance. According to him, the law required that correctional centres be 100 meters away from the next house.

His comment further reads in part:

“Look at Ikoyi Correctional Centre sharing a fence with (another house). What’s (a) correctional centre doing in Ikoyi? This administration is looking at being able to initiate the process of possibly relocating some of these correctional centres.”

See the video of the interview here:

Source: TheTalk.NG


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