Injustice As Data Reveals 72.53% Of Inmates In Nigerian prisons Are Yet To Be Sentenced.

The  data released from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), states that 72.53% of inmates in prisons across the country are not sentenced. The prison report was released on January 19, 2017, by the NBS. It gave an overview of detainees awaiting sentencing and  the overall prison population by state and year from 2011 to 2015.


Lagos state recorded 5,603 UN-sentenced detainees out of a prison population of 6,522, followed by Rivers and Edo states with 3,625 and 2,434 UN-sentenced detainees.

The total prison population in the country for 2015 was 62,260 as against 56, 059 in 2014. Out of the 36 states, Lagos had the highest prison population in the country with 6,522 inmates, followed by Kano and Rivers states with populations of 4,082 and 4,054 respectively.

There is an increase in crime rate on a daily basis. The economic instability is at the top of the list as one of the cause. But I really don’t see a reason why an alleged criminal should be arrested without fair trail. 72% is such a high rate. The judiciary ought to look into this. Am very sure there are a lot of innocent citizens being locked up for crimes they did not commit.

Injustice At It’s Peak. What do you think can be done to address this issue?

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