Rights activist and Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani, on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s prisons’ service as part of the war against corruption.
According to the senator, if the war against corruption must work, then the prison system must also be functional to accommodate convicts.
“Where do you take those (corrupt persons) to be convicted to and where do you take those arrested to.
It is the prisons”, he pointed out.
He made the remarks shortly after delivering a lecture at the Prisons Staff College, Kaduna.
Sani lamented the sorry state of the nation’s prisons, saying that there is the need for urgent intervention from the Federal Government to make the anti-corruption war meaningful.
Towards this end, he promised to present a bill at the National Assembly for the reformation of the Nigerian Prisons Service system and announced a scholarship scheme for students of staff of Nigerian Prison Service.
“The Nigerian Prisons Service needs an emergency intervention. I assure you that I will present your issue on the floor of the senate”, he said.
Sani insisted that the anti-corruption war of the President Buhari administration can only succeed with functional prisons of the 21st century.
“I believe that if the anti-corruption is going to make any meaning, we need to put these prisons in order.
If we don’t do that, it means we are simply wasting our time”, the activist-turned politician said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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