A former Director of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) Mike Ejiofor, has called for the decongestion of the prisons across the federation.
He noted that the prisons need to be decongested because there are no funds to take care of the welfare of the inmates and warders.
Mr Ejiofor mentioned that the situation has led to the recent jailbreaks in the country.
He made this known on Tuesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
On the latest jailbreak which occurred at the Minna Maximum prison in Niger State where about 210 inmates escaped after the invasion of the prison by some gunmen, Mr Ejiofor noted that the situation should be treated with serious concern.
He said, “It is a maximum security prison which means suspects in that prison are high profile ones, for such a break with over 200 people escaping means a lot and if not brought back it will bring wreck more havoc to the society”.
On the daily feeding of N300, He said that such amount is not adequate for these prisons, noting that the prison is supposed to reform these inmates but rather they go inside the prison and come out hardened due to the conditions met at the prisons.
He insisted that the prisons should be decongested so that funds being provided for these prisoners will reduce the pressure on the prisons.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, during the inspection on Monday lamented over the inadequate manpower in the Nigerian Prisons.
He added that plans are on to recruit more workers to enable adequate security.
He also noted that out of the 210 inmates that escaped, over 35 inmates have been rearrested.