Senate summons Controller-General Prisons over imprisonment of under-age

The Senate has summoned the Controller-General, Prisons, Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru, to appear before its Committee on Interior, to explain why under-age offenders and infants should be confined with adults in the nation’s prisons. The upper chamber also urged various security agencies involved in the arrest and detention of juveniles to ensure that they were not incarcerated beyond 48 hours.

These resolutions were sequel to a motion on “Illegal Confinement of Under-age Offenders/Infants in the Same Prison with Adult Prisoners” brought by Senator Victor Umehat plenary. Senator Umeh noted that he was traumatized by the gory pictures of under-age children languishing in prison as contained on pages of a newspaper on Saturday, March 31st.