The British government has drawn up plans to build a prison in Nigeria to enable the government to transfer prisoners from Britain.
The proposed 112-bed wing, built to United Nations specifications in the Kiri Kiri prison in Lagos, is to be built as part of a compulsory prisoner transfer agreement.
It will cost just under £700,000, according to a statement submitted to Parliament by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening.
“As part of this agreement, eligible prisoners serving criminal sentences in Nigeria and the UK can be returned to complete their sentences in their respective countries,” Mr Johnson said.
It follows a deal reached between the two countries signed in 2014.
But poor conditions in some prisons overseas have created a legal barrier to returning foreigners convicted in the UK.
“The Government believes that wherever possible foreign nationals should serve their sentences in their own country,” a Foreign Office spokesperson told Sky News.
“Helping Nigeria to improve its prison conditions and increase prison capacity will enable us to transfer more prisoners to Nigeria, which will in turn free up prison places in the UK.”
Deals to transfer prisoners in UK jails to their countries of origin have been made with Albania, Rwanda, Jamaica and Libya, and well as Nigeria.
In 2015 the Government pitched an ambitious £25m project to build a 1,500 bed prison in Jamaica, with the aim of sending more than 300 Jamaican inmates with sentences of more than four years there.
But the Jamaican government rejected the deal, with local media quoting ministers as saying the offer was not beneficial to Jamaica and did not cover the prison’s full cost.
Mr Johnson said tenders for the planned Nigerian jail had been placed and suppliers identified, bringing the project’s total cost to £695,525 including support, monitoring and evaluation.
The bill will be met by the CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund), he said.
According to House of Commons statistics there were 320 Nigerian nationals in prisons in England and Wales at the end of 2016.
Foreign nationals make up about 12% of the prison population compared to about 9% of the general population.
The annual overall cost of a prison place in England and Wales is about £38,000, according to the Ministry of Justice.
BREAKING: Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial Indefinitely
The Kaduna State High Court has adjourned the trial of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, indefinitely.
El-Zakzaky’s trial was due to continue on Monday.
However, the court explained that the adjournment followed the appointment of the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.
The IMN leader is currently facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges.
He had been denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Kurada, during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.
In the application for bail filed by El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.
Pastor In Police Net For Aborting Teenager’s Pregnancy [PHOTO]
A 38 years old pastor with one of the Pentecostal churches in Benin, Pastor Ekene Samuel, has been arrested by the police in Edo state for allegedly getting Miracle Nwabueze, (17) to the hospital for abortion after getting her pregnant.
The pastor was among the 102 suspected criminals paraded by the Edo state police commissioner, DanMallam Muhammed, for their alleged involvement in various crimes in the state.
The Pastor was assisted by one of his church member, Mrs. Happy Johnson, who was paraded alongside the Pastor.
The commissioner said the command received a complaint from one Henry Aikhuamen that one Miracle Nwabueze, 17 years old was missing.
“Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad through a Hi-Tech intelligence located Miss Miracle Nwabueze on a sick bed at Graceville Medical Centre, Ewa Road, Benin.
“On enquiry, the doctor informed the police that one Deaconess Happy Johnson brought her for treatment. She was arrested and confessed that one Pastor Ekene Samuel asked her to assist him bring Miracle Nwabueze to the hospital for abortion.
“The victim confessed that she was impregnated by Pastor Ekene Samuel, who charmed and had sex with her five times in December, 2018. Pastor Ekene Samuel was arrested and charms were recovered from him in his house,” he said.
Speaking with journalists, the Pastor said he had extra marital affair with a lady, but quit the relationship August last year due to her behaviour.
“But January this year, she said she was pregnant and I sent one of my member to take her to the hospital when she complained of pains not knowing that she was already talking drugs to terminate the pregnancy”.
He said, “When they got to the hospital, they discovered that she had ruptured appendicitis but the doctor referred us to another hospital where the operation was done successfully and they charged N380,000 and I am still paying the bill now”.
According to him, few days after the operation, his wife went to give her some items and she was arrested by the police because someone had complained about the matter
“When she was arrested, I went to the station and I was arrested because she knows nothing about it. After my arrest, the police went to my church and packed items given to me by those I prayed for as the charm I am using in church.
“I don’t go to Babalawos or native doctors; these items were returned by the people I prayed for and they got deliverance through prayers. Nobody is above mistake and temptation can come at anytime,” he added.
On her part, Mrs Happy Johnson, told journalists that she was not aware that the lady was pregnant and that she was carrying out abortion.
She said she was preparing for church when the pastor called her to take the girl to the hospital saying she was not well.
“When we got to the hospital, they said they should carry out an ultrasound; when I asked her what the problem was, she said it is appendicitis. They then referred us to another hospital for the operation.
She added, “I signed for her when they want to do the operation but I did not know it was about abortion”.
She explained, “I was arrested with the pastor’s wife when she came to give clothes to the lady at the hospital. I was arrested for signing the paper and carrying her to the hospital. I only got to know at the police station that it was an abortion.”
Alleged Serial Killer, Tiny, 4 Others Arrested In Lagos
Policemen of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested an alleged serial killer, Ibrahim Abdullahi a.k.a Tiny and four others shortly after midnight at his Ijegun-Egba area hideout.
The Lagos Police PRO, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said the suspect whose name sends shivers down the spine of residents of Satellite-Town, Lagos, was arrested during an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Satellite-Town Division, CSP Chike Oti, to rid the community of the violent activities of criminals.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, had earlier in the week changed Area Commanders, DPOs and Tactical Unit Commanders in the state, to clamp down on members of unlawful societies and raid identified criminal enclaves.
”Based on this directive and credible intelligence received about Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Tiny, who had been on the run since he was linked to the murder of three residents of the community, Satelite division, swung into action.
”They said Tiny was arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Obinna Kelvin Okey, 23.
”During a preliminary interrogation, they confessed to belonging to a cult group called the Aro-Bagger aka Vickings.
”Other cultists arrested during the operation include: Ismaila Adebayo; 21, Bode Akodo; 21 and Abdulwahab; 25, all of Eiye Confraternity.
”CP Zubairu Muazu directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case involving the said Ibrahim Abdullahi which has to do with an ongoing investigation on the three murder incidents linked to him.
”The other suspects were transferred to the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad for further investigation,” he said.
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