Mr. Alloy Uchenwa, the Assistant Comptroller-General, Zone E, Nigeria Prisons Service, says the presence of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in various prisons in the zone has compounded the conditions within the prisons.
Uchenwa spoke at the Abia State office of the zone after a meeting with the officers of the command on Thursday.
He said, “It was a miracle how we were able to convey 100 IPOB members to court. The challenging logistics situation in our prisons has been compounded by the detention of 100 Indigenous People of Biafra members within the Zone E custody.”
Uchenwa identified logistics as one of the major challenges of the prisons.
He said a situation where “more than 90 per cent of inmates are awaiting trial” was worrisome, stressing that prison congestion was another challenge confronting the prisons.
He called for the building of more prison cells to ease the challenge of overcrowding, stressing that a situation where cells created for 500 inmates were occupied by 1000 prisoners was unacceptable.