• We had no political prisoners in my government – Jonathan

    We had no political prisoners in my government – Jonathan

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that no Nigerian became a political prisoner or prisoner of conscience for criticising him or his administration.

    Jonathan made the remark during his keynote speech, which was delivered weekend at the annual Merit Awards Dinner of the Nigerian Lawyers Association of the United States.

    The former president, who urged the U.S.-based lawyers to help preserve democratic institutions, also said diversity was an advantage only when all interest groups in the society feel safe and secure in […]

  • Independence: Governor El-Rufai pardons three prisoners

    Independence: Governor El-Rufai pardons three prisoners

    Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has granted state pardon to three convicted prisoners in the state.

    The compassion extended to the convicts was part of 2016 Independence Day anniversary.

    The convicts have been granted amnesty and subsequently released.

    Malam el-Rufai announced the pardons in his address to the residents of Kaduna State to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary.

    This followed recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.

    “As is customary, we mark this day of liberation with a gesture of […]

  • Nigeria and India consider visa waiver, exchange of prisoners

    Nigeria and India consider visa waiver, exchange of prisoners

    Nigeria and India are considering an exchange of prisoners as well as the possibility of diplomatic passport holders of both countries to visit one another without visas.

    These are some of the details of the discussions between the governments of both countries during the visit of the Vice-President of India, Mr. Hamid Ansari to Nigeria last week.

    India has invited Nigeria to take advantage of the $10 billion concessional loan it offered African countries, going by details of the visit of Ansari […]

  • Rivers Governor Wike frees 3 prisoners on death row

    Rivers Governor Wike frees 3 prisoners on death row

    Nine convicts, three of them on death row, have been granted freedom by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

    Six others, who benefitted from the power of prerogative of mercy of the governor, were serving life imprisonment for various offences.

    A statement signed by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, indicated that the governor’s decision to grant the convicts freedom was based on the advice of the State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.

    The […]

  • Over 2,000 prisoners on death row in Nigeria

    Over 2,000 prisoners on death row in Nigeria

    No fewer than 2,000 inmates in Nigerian prisons are said to be on death row while an alarming 75 per cent are on awaiting trial.

    The total prison population in Nigeria is over 68,000 comprising – 17,686 convicts (4,080 lifers; 2,000 condemned convicts) and over 40,000 Awaiting Trial Persons.

    The large number of prisoners on death row can be directly attributed to the refusal of state governor’s to implement their sentences.

    It appears that a lot of governors have made it a policy […]

  • FG begins swap moves for Chibok girls with Boko haram prisoners

    FG begins swap moves for Chibok girls with Boko haram prisoners

    There are indications that the Federal Government has begun moves to exchange the Chibok girls with some Boko Haram detainees.

    It was gathered that as part of the moves, security agencies had started conducting a fresh profiling of  the Boko Haram detainees in line with a directive of the Federal Government.

    It was learnt the profiling would include the time they were arrested and the de-radicalisation programme they had undergone.

    Findings showed that besides the military, the police, the Nigeria Prison Service, the […]

  • BREAKING!!! Jail break foiled in Abakaliki, several prisoners killed

    BREAKING!!! Jail break foiled in Abakaliki, several prisoners killed

    Recent reports have it that a jail beak was foiled in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, several inmates are feared dead, and  others sustained bullet injuries .

    Unconfirmed sources said more than 14 persons were killed including one prison officers, and those injured and killed had been taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, FETHA, for medical attention.

    It was learnt that the trouble started when prisoners early morning of Thursday revolted against the poor treatment, especially inadequate feeding that has been persistence in […]

  • Bauchi governor pardons 146 prisoners at Ramadan

    Bauchi governor pardons 146 prisoners at Ramadan

    Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has released 146 prison inmates to mark the maiden act of the state’s Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.

    Ibrahim Umar, Bauchi State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for justice, disclosed this on Thursday when the committee paid a visit to Bauchi Prison.

    He said that on June 21, 2016, the governor, out of his benevolence, signed for the immediate release of the inmates who were qualified, based on the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative […]

  • Kuje prisonbreak: Escapee prisoners identified

    Kuje prisonbreak: Escapee prisoners identified

    The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Mr. Francis Enobore, on Monday revealed the identities of the two in-mates who escaped from Kuje Prison on Saturday, saying they are still on the run.

    A statement made available by NPS gave their names as: Maxwell Ajukwu, who was jailed in November 2015 for homicide and Solomon Amodu from Kogi state also sentenced for similar offence.

    Meanwhile the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazzau, said the recent jail break at […]