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Uwais, Nyako, Akpe Unveil Book On Prison Reforms




A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais, Justice Binta Nyako and a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Barr. Abraham Akpe, on Monday unveiled a book titled “Prison Sector Reforms In Nigeria: Challenges And The Way Forward” written by a former Deputy Controller-General of the NPS, Dr. Hassan Saidu Labo.

The public presentation and launch of the book, which took place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, was witnessed by guests, officers of the Nigeria Prison Service and family members of the author.

Justice Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court wondered why Nigeria was talking of prison reforms at a time some countries of the world are closing down prisons for lack of criminals.

She therefore charged the prison authorities to ensure that the prisons are truly correctional and not breeding grounds for hardened criminals that will come back to terrorise the society.

For his part, the author of the five-chapter, 230-page book, Dr. Labo (rtd), who is a medical doctor and surgeon by training, said he wrote the book to call attention to the plight of awaiting trial inmates in Nigerian prisons, and the issue of prison decongestion and insecurity and as well as advocating Top-Level political will to fast-track actions toward prisons decongestion and reforms.

Labo said he hoped that his humble contribution through the book “will lead to reforming the prisons system into one that is sufficiently enabled, safe, secure and orderly, correction-oriented in focus and reformatory in orientation, and can effectively complement efforts of other security agencies of government in securing the citizenry and guaranteeing their productivity and well-being, as the true barometer of the efficiency of the nation’s criminal justice system.”