Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused the Federal Government and its law enforcement agencies of contribut­ing to the problem of crowded prisons in the country.
Fayose was respond­ing to a letter by the Na­tional Security Adviser, Maj-Gen B.M Mungonu (rtd) with reference number NSA/601/A and dated January 16, 2017, on the need to facilitate quick decongestion of the nation’s prisons.

In the said letter, the NSA described the con­gestion of prisons by awaiting trial suspects and condemned convicts as a major problem be­deviling the administra­tion of Justice in Nigeria.
However, in his re­ply to the letter, Fayose noted that “some Federal Government agencies such as the Police, DSS and the EFCC arrest and detain innocent citizens and perceived opponents of the Federal Govern­ment for flimsy reasons and on malicious, spuri­ous and unfounded alle­gations”.

According to the let­ter, signed by Fayose and copied President Mu­hammadu Buhari and Attorney General of the Federation, a copy of which was made avail­able to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the gov­ernor stated that “many Nigerians are currently languishing in prison without any reprieve be­cause of the trumped-up charges of heinous of­fenses preferred against them by these Agencies”.

“Specifically, the con­troversial arrests and continued detention of Messers Nnamdi Kanu, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Ibrahim El Zakzaky among several others, and the flagrant disre­gard and disobedience to court orders directing their release from prison by security and law en­forcement agencies are not only unjust, immoral and detestable but con­stitute an affront to the rule of law and a rape on democracy,” he stated.

Fayose, however, called on the office of the NSA to critically appraise the nefarious activities of the security and law enforcement agencies which not only constitute an infrac­tion of the fundamental rights of the affected citi­zens, guaranteed under the constitution, but also directly contribute to the perennial prisons con­gestion.

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