- According to comprehensive reports, about 5,143 awaiting-trial inmates in Lagos prisons have no lawyer
- The Lagos Criminal Information System (LCIS) who made this revelation on Tuesday, July 24, said that prisons in the state contain more inmates than their normal capacity
- LCIS also said that while the prisons have a capacity of 4,087 inmates, they are actually holding 8,434 inmates, of which 55 per cent are awaiting trial
The Lagos Criminal Information System (LCIS) has revealed that not less than 5,143prisoners remanded in the five prisons in the state have no lawyer to represent them in court.
The association also said that while the prisons have a capacity of 4,087 inmates, they are actually holding 8,434 inmates, of which 55 per cent are awaiting trial, since of May 2018, Punch reports.
The Lagos state attorney general and commissioner for justice, Adeniji Kazeem, described LCIS's revelation by as baffling.
The LCIS made the disclosure on Tuesday, July 24, in Alausa during its delivery of its inaugural report. Kazeem said that the LCIS was created to tackle the lack of detailed data for tracking suspects, which had been a major challenge to proper justice administration in in the state.
Condemning the state of things in the average Nigeria prison, Kazeem: “Most outrageous is the disparity in the maximum capacity of prisons in Lagos vis-a-vis the actual number of inmates presently in those prisons.”
He further said that it was shameful to realised that 71 juveniles were currently being remanded in adult prisons.
The LCIS said that the prisons in Lagos are majorly peopled by persons between the ages of 30 and 49, who account for 50.2% of the total number of inmates. With a total of 2,766, people between the ages of 18 and 29 come next, representing 42.5%, while there were only six persons between the ages of 80 and 89 in the prisons.
It also identified conspiracy and robbery as the most rampant criminal case inthe state, while breach of peace, armed robbery, defilement, murder, assault and cultism follow in that order.
The organisation identified Ikorodu as the part of the city with the highest rate of crime. According to the report, out of the total number of inmates in the prisons, 247 are standing trial for crimes allegedly committed in Ikorodu, while 197 inmates are answering charges based on crimes committed in Ojo.
Other crime-prone areas were Agege, with 169 inmates; Ikeja,163 inmates; Lekki, 135 inmates; Apapa, 134 inmates; Mushin, 113 inmates; Badagry, 97 inmates and Oshodi, with 96 inmates.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Kazeem had said that over 100 inmates of Lagos state prisons had mental illness and HIV/AIDS.
Kazeem made this revelation while presenting the newly-inaugurated Lagos Criminal Information System (LCIS), an electronic system for tracking and capturing biometric details of suspects and offenders, to stakeholders of criminal justice administration in Alausa, Ikeja.
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