22 ex-boko Haram mem­bers sit for SSCE

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

THE Nige­rian Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice has said 22 former mem­bers of the Boko Haram ter­ror­ist group have sat for the Se­nior School Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion.

The ser­vice ex­plained that the ex-in­sur­gents par­tic­i­pated in the NCS de-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme as part of their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Dis­clos­ing this to jour­nal­ists in Abuja on Wed­nes­day, the Comptrol­ler­gen­eral of the NCS, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said about 2, 745 con­demned in­mates were await­ing ex­e­cu­tion in var­i­ous cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try.

The CG said,”as part of our re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process, 22 former mem­bers of Boko Haram who have been de­rad­i­calised by the Nige­rian Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice have sat for the Se­nior School Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion.”

The CG, who was rep­re­sented by the NSC spokesman, Fran­cis Eno­bore, ad­vised gov­er­nors to sign their ex­e­cu­tion war­rant.

The NCS boss stated that the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act was meant to has­ten the trial of sus­pects and en­hance the de­con­ges­tion of cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

“Gov­er­nors are not will­ing to sign death sen­tences of con­demned in­mates, nei­ther are they ready to com­mute their death sen­tence to life im­pris­on­ment,” Ahmed lamented.

He noted that about 24 states had do­mes­ti­cated the ACJA, adding that the Act would help in de­con­gest­ing cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties “as some of its pro­vi­sions em­power cor­rec­tional cen­tres to re­ject in­mates so that fa­cil­i­ties are not over­crowded.”

The CG fur­ther pointed out that the NCS had de­vel­oped the Cor­rec­tions In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem to cap­ture in­mates’ bio­met­ric, ac­cess the length of re­mand and pre-trial de­ten­tion pro­ceed­ings in the cor­rec­tion sys­tem.

He said the CIMS project had al­ready taken off in some fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try.

“In or­der to im­prove ac­cess to jus­tice for pre­trial de­tainees, a to­tal of 382 op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cles have been pro­cured and dis­trib­uted be­tween 2016 and 2018, for in­mates to be taken to court for hear­ing as and when due,” Ahmed ex­plained.

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