*majority are awaiting trial
By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
No fewer than one tbousand and twenty two(1,022)-inmates have been discovered to be in the Nigerian Prisons Service in Okere Community in Warri, Delta State as at Friday March 15, AUTHENTIC News Daily reports.
There are fears that the number of prison inmates might be increased should the courts continue to sentence more persons into the facility.
Some of the inmates in the prison have been denied bail by the courts for unclear reasons.
At the time of filing this report, the inmates are going through tough times at the prison facilities.
They hardly feed well let alone get treated medically when they fall sick.
This is aside the harsh treatment meted on the inmates through the instrumentality of the courts.
Majority of the inmates serving various jail terms in the prison include some elderly men and women as well as young boys and girls between the ages of 18 and 25 years.
They all look malnourished contrary to claims that they were properly catered for by the prison authorities.
Our Correspondent reports that the prison currently needs decongestion so that the inmates can breath fresh air.
Contacted, the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Airiohuodion Sam declined comments on the matter.
The Chairman of the Delta State Chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CHDR, Comrade (Dr.) Kehinde Prince-Taiga decried the over-population as well as poor conditions of the prisons.
Taiga who spoke at the Office of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Warri Correspondents’ Chapel Secretariat said,”There are lot of people in the prison who ought not to be there.”
Taiga said this is because of the docile attitudes of the judiciary especially the Courts.
He called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency decongest the prisons and save the health of the inmates.