Prison in Bauchi, Nigeria's northeast region/Photo: AFP
A Prison in Bauchi, Nigeria’s northeast region.  Photo: AFP

A retired Assistant Controller-General (ACG) of Prisons Samuel Agidi has attributed the spate of jail breaks across the country to slow dispensation of justice.

Agidi made the remark on Tuesday in Lafia while speaking with newsmen.

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He said based on his experience while in service inmates who participate in jail break were mostly those awaiting trial, who have stayed in prisons for a long period.

”Most of the incidents of prison break can be traced to slow dispensation of justice for those awaiting trials.

”If the judiciary will work hard to reduce cases of inmates awaiting trial, it will go a long way to curb prison breaks in the country,” he said.

Agidi, who argued that Nigerian prison ranks favourably with international standard, suggested that prisons inherited from the old native authority system should be upgraded.