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Nigeria to Free 25,000 Prisoners

In Nigeria, the government has announced it will release about 25 thousand prisoners to relieve overcrowding. This includes those who are sick and the elderly.

Many of those to be released have been waiting years to stand trial or be charged.

Among those praising the move is Prince Devision Nze, executive director of Human Rights & Justice Group International. From Lagos, he spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua.

He says, “I take it as a very good decision by the federal government because most of these inmates have been suffering for long. And human rights organizations and some other non-profit bodies in Nigeria, they have been trying their best in the previous years to assist in the release of prison inmates. But you know they can’t do this effectively without the assistance of the federal government. And now that the federal government has come out to actually assist, it is a very good decision. And I believe that at the end of the day Nigeria will be ranked as one of the best countries. Here prisoners can enjoy their rights and freedom within their area of confinement.”