Nigeria signs agreement with UK on Prisoners’ transfer
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 3, 2016
Nigerians serving jail terms in the United Kingdom will soon be transferred to Nigeria to complete their period, following an agreement signed yesterday between the Federal Government and the UK government.
The United Kingdom Minister of Justice, Mr. Jeremy Wright, revealed this when he led the UK team to visit the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau to finalize the process of prisoner exchange between the two countries.
According to a top government source, former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, will be part of those that will be repatriated to complete their jail term in Nigeria. Ibori still has more than six months to stay in prison.
The British government has also promised to give Nigeria one million pounds to assist in the comprehensive reformation of Nigerian prisons to ease the stress of the inmates. Wright told the minister the importance of the two countries respecting the agreement, saying there is need for the state of prisons in Nigeria to be improved.
He noted that even though the prisoners are paying for the crimes they might have committed, conditions in detention centers where they are staying should be made humane and accommodating.