NHRC fa­cil­i­tates trial of 179 in­mates in Kebbi

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The Na­tional Hu­man Right Com­mis­sion (NHRC) said yes­ter­day it had fa­cil­i­tated the speedy trial of 179 await­ing trial in­mates in Kebbi State.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion, Prof. Ben Angwe, said this in Birnin Kebbi.

Angwe was on a visit to pris­ons for­ma­tions in the state as part of the 2014 an­nual prison au­dit.

He said the com­mis­sion would in­ten­sify ef­forts to en­sure that in­mates await­ing trial se­cured prose­cu­tion or re­lease promptly to en­sure speedy dis­pen­sa­tion of jus­tice.

“The time for in­mates on hold­ing charge was over,” he said.

Angwe called on the state govern­ment to ren­o­vate the ex­ist­ing pris­ons to make them hab­it­able for in­mates.

In his re­marks, the Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Hu­man Right, Jus­tice and Ju­di­ciary, Sen. Umar Tam­buwal, said his com­mit­tee was de­ter­mined to pro­tect the hu­man rights of cit­i­zens.

He said N8 bil­lion had been ear­marked in the 2014 budget to de-con­gest pris­ons na­tion­wide, to make them re­form and char­ac­ter mould­ing cen­tres. (NAN)

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