RCCG Recommends Measures To Decongest Correctional Centres

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Abuja, has called upon the federal government to adopt alternative justice measures to decongest correctional centres in Nigeria.

Speaking during the church’s visit to the Nigerian Correction Service facilities in Kuje, Gwagwalada, and Suleja, Pastor Ayodele Adewale, who led the visit, made this appeal, saying a large number of the total inmates in Correctional Centres across the country are awaiting trials.

In his words: “Of the 70,797 inmates in Nigeria’s correctional centres, 70 percent are awaiting trial, and the provision for community service and probation included in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, are yet to be implemented in the country.”

“As a result of this, the church said, the congestion is causing the few courts to overwork as both magistrates and judges are humans, and there is a limit to which you can drag the human body,”

Pastor Ayodele hoped that the government would look at a way of other dispute resolution mechanisms, where minor offences can be resolved outside the courts.

RCCG, under its Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), as directed by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the church, donated various provisions and other items to the inmates of the correctional centres.

Pastor Ayodele said the programme was to assure the inmates of the love of God despite their present predicaments.

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