Congestion: Port Harcourt Prison Designs for 840 Inmates now Houses 3,824 Inmates
LAGOS MAY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A Port-Harcourt prison in Rivers States designed for 840 inmates now housed no fewer 3,824 inmates with a total of 3422 inmates awaiting trial.
The Prison Deputy Controller, Azuka Ndupu who said congestion was the predominant problem facing the prisons while addressing the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Laminkara Iyaye on his visit to the prisons sought for help from the Rivers State government to decongest the prisons.
He asked that efforts be made to improve the prison facilities, especially in terms of logistics, among others.
According to Ndupu, “My Lord, the major challenges facing us in Port Harcourt prisons is the issue of congestion. It might interest your Lordship to know that since the creation of Port Harcourt prison in 1918 with a total capacity of 804, the prison on the 18th of May, 2016 recorded its highest lock-up of 3,824 inmates ever in the history of this prison, with 3,422 of them being Awaiting Trial.
“This is not good news my Lord. While we try our best, congestion stretches our security apparatus and capability beyond limit and also makes nonsense of our reformation agenda and all efforts geared towards achieving same.
“It is, therefore, our belief that your coming will turn the situation around.”
Responding, the Chief Judge assured the Port Harcourt Prison authorities that their request would be considered.