President Muhammadu Buhari is not comfortable with the congestion in prisons across the country.

In line with this, he has ordered governors and state chief judges to fling the gates of prisons open for inmates who are unnecessarily detained.

The president said in Abuja on Monday that he gave the directive to the states last month and explained that over-crowding prisons and some other noticeable problems in judiciary have caused loss of confidence in the system.

Buhari spoke at the opening 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ Conference of Superior Courts, in Abuja.

The theme of the conference, “Strengthening Judicial Integrity and the Rule of Law”, was apt at this time of consolidating and sustaining democracy.

He said that the public expected fairness, impartiality and speed in the administration of justice. “Regrettably court cases can drag on for years and years, sometimes decades without resolution. I need only mention land cases in Lagos to illustrate my point.’’

He said that there were huge backlogs of cases waiting to be dispensed especially at the Appellate levels.


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