The Deputy Controller in charge of Gombe Central prison Ibrahim Gide, has revealed that the move to decongest prisons in Nigeria will only be successful if the judiciary adopt other ways of punishing crimes in the country.

DC Ibrahim in an interview shortly after Gombe State Village Market Association secured the release of 24 inmates from prison, told Bounce News that the Gombe central prison that was built to house 389 people now accommodates about 1044 inmates.

He said that the challenges they are currently battling with in the Gombe central prison has to do with lack of skills acquisitions centers

"We are in need of workshop for welding, carpentry and other training center in the prison.

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“Government is focusing more on feeding and health of the inmates; there is need for groups, associations and individuals to come in help us in other areas, because you will agree with me that it is not easy to take care and cater for more than 1000 people".

Alhaji Uba Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Village Market Association who secured the release of 24 inmates made donations of sleeping mats to the prison, told Bounce News that the gesture was to encourage the inmates and let them know that they are still remembered and needed in the society.

In a related development, the association also visited and donated clothes, food stuffs and other materials to Da'awa Orphanage home in Tumfure Akko Local Government Area of the State.