The Federal Government has announced the re-opening of eight satellite prisons in Bauchi State for the North East. The prisons were earlier shut, due to the wave of Boko Haram insurgency in the zone.
Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, announced this in a statement signed by the spokesman, Francis Enobore, in Abuja yesterday.
The satellite prisons reopened are Alkaleri, Burra, Darazo, Katagum, Shira, Tafa Balewa and Toro but the eighth was not named. “They were re-opened on Monday 15th August, 2016. Gamawa, the 9th satellite prison will, however, remain closed till it is conducive enough to receive prisoners under safe and humane conditions.
“Prisoners are drawn from main prisons that had borne the burden of accommodating inmates in the state while the insurgency lasted.
‘’The re-opening of the satellite prisons will significantly reduced congestion and the attendant management difficulties in the main prisons across the state.”
Due to the Boko Haram insurgency that affected most government security establishments a couple of years back, some prisons in the North-eastern zone were closed down.