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Top on the agenda of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola is decongesting correctional centres across the country by reducing the number of awaiting trial inmates in just six months.

A committee to look into this was set up last month in collaboration with the Attorney-General of the Federation.

According to the minister, states will be carried along in the exercise as 90 per cent of awaiting trial inmates are violators of state offences.

Statistics on the website of the Nigerian Correctional Service show that as at October 14, 2019, the official population of convicts and awaiting trial persons in the correctional service facilities across the country is 74,081.
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