The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has written to Governors of all the 36 states of the federation drawing their attention to President Muhamamdu Buhari’s
approval and authorization for urgent measures to be taken towards the speedy decongestion of correctional/custodial centres in the country in view of the COVID – 19 Pandemic
This was made known in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the HAGF, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Friday 10th April, 2020.
Malami said the development pose a potent threat to the health of the inmates and the public in general in view of the present
circumstances, hence the need for urgent steps to bring the situation under control.
The Honourable Attorney-General explained that at the requested visit, the Chief Judges are enjoined to consider conditional or unconditional release of ATPs who have spent 6 years or more in custody and those who have no confirmed criminal cases against them.
According to the Minister, other considerable inmates included the aged, those with terminal illness, low risk offenders, those with no sufficient legal basis to remain in custody, convicts of minor offences with or without option of fines and those who have less than 3 years term left to serve having served a substantial term of their jail term for offences that attract 5 years and above.