Over 1,076 suspects awaiting trial in Makurdi

Over 1,076 suspects awaiting trial in Makurdi

No fewer than 1,076 suspects are currently on the awaiting trial list at the Makurdi Medium Prison, out of the 1,375 inmates currently being housed at the facility. The Comptroller of Prisons in Benue State, Mr. Peter Pevigo, who made this known when he led officials of the command on an official visit to the state Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Michael Gusa, in Makurdi, said of the number, 229 inmates were serving various jail terms.

Pevigo, who lamented the congestion and condition of inmates at the facility, said: “The condition in the prison is pathetic because a room that is supposed to accommodate 36 inmates now houses 121. “The condition is such that the inmates are prone to epidemic attack, especially as the raining season is gradually giving way to the dry season.”

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