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REPORT: 359 Oyo Indigenes In Lagos Prisons


The Lagos State Criminal Information System, January-March, 2019 edition has identified 359 of the inmates in the  five prisons across Lagos State as Oyo State indigenes.

Oyo is second to Ogun State which has 422 indigenes out of the 9,044 inmates across prisons in Lagos.

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This is just as the report, according to THE PUNCH, identified stealing as the crime for which the majority of inmates in the five prisons in the state are being held.

 Next are Lagos with 276 indigenes; Osun State with 208 indigenes; Kwara, 194 indigenes; Imo, 191 indigenes; and Ondo with 152 indigenes.

While there is none of the 36 states of the federation whose indigenes are not in prisons in Lagos State, Taraba State, with six indigenes, has the lowest figure.

The report revealed that 56 per cent of the 9,044 inmates has no lawyers to represent them in court.

It identified Eti-Osa as the part of Lagos where most of the inmates were arrested for stealing.

The report listed Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland and Amuwo Odofin as the four other topmost spots for stealing and cultism.

According to the report, though the five prisons in Lagos State have a combined holding capacity of 4,087, as of the end of March, 9,044 inmates, with 78 per cent awaiting trial, were being held in them.

Majority of them have been admitted to bail in the sum of N5,000 but they continue to languish in the prisons for their inability to meet the bail.

Forty of the awaiting-trial inmates have spent between one and nine years in prison without being taken to court for prosecution

A total of 2,603 of the inmates, representing 80 per cent, are youths between the ages of 18 and 40 years.

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