By: Isa Ahmad
JIGAWA, North-West, Nigeria – The National Chairman of Prison Decongestion and Reforms, Justice Sadik Mohammed has described the deplorable state of the Dutse Satelite Prison, as unfit and inhumane to house inmates.
He made the observation on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, while on working visit to the facility where he called on the Jigawa State Government to as a matter of urgency provide a befitting structure, equip with modern operational facilities.
Justice Mohammed said that the existing prison is overstretched and unhigyenic to house inmates.
According to him, a prison is supposed to accommodate not less than 50 inmates, equip with modern facilities such as lightning, sufficient water, toilets, among other basic social needs to better the living conditions of inmates.
Responding, the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, announced the intention of the State Government to erect a new facility in Dutse to help decongest the existing prison and to also aid in proper administration.
He said this has become necessary as part of measures for prison decongestion and proper administration. He added that the government will also construct a Juvenile Court at Babura to serve as a Refomatory Center for young offenders.
During the visit about 50 inmates who were on awaiting trial were set free after payment of their charges amounted to Three Million Naira by the state Governor.
Established in 1936, the Dutse Prison is housing over 200 inmates as against the 50 stipulated by law with only two toilets, no adequate shelter, no cross ventilation, leaving the inmates to live under a depressed condition.