Two thirds of Nigeria's inmates yet to face trial

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Sat, 27 Jan 1996 16:03:17 +0000 (GMT)

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^Two thirds of Nigeria's inmates yet to face trial@
LAGOS, Jan 26 (Reuter) - Nearly two thirds of the 55,000
inmates in Nigerian prisons have yet to face trial and some have
been waiting for more than 10 years, according to interior
minister Baba Gana Kingibe.
He told prison officials at a meeting in the capital Abuja
on Thursday that 35,750 inmates awaited trial, local newspapers
reported, on Friday.
He said the situation was unacceptable and blamed the
justice ministry, the courts and the police.
``The courts complain of too many cases, the police talk of
non-completion of investigations while the prosecution complain
of shortage of manpower,'' he said.
Civil rights campaigners have long complained of congestion
in Nigerian prisons and sought quicker prosecution of cases and
more liberal terms for bail.
Kingibe said prison conditions were being improved and
ration rates had been increased by 100 percent to 60 naira (70
cents) per prisoner per day.