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The Senate has summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, over alleged confinement of underage offenders and infants in the same prisons with adult prisoners.

The summon was sequel to deliberation on a motion moved by Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central).

Mr Umeh had expressed worry that juvenile offenders are not being treated in accordance with the provisions of the Prisons Regulations Act and the Child’s Right Act.

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By the provisions of the Prisons (Regulations) Act, offenders under sixteen {16) years of age and infants are not to be confined in the same prisons with adult offenders.

Section 1 of the Child’s Right Act also states that: ”In every action concerning a child, whether undertaken by an individual, public or private body, institutions or services, court of law, or administrative or legislative authority, the best interest of the child shall be the primary consideration.”

Mr Umeh stressed that the negative implication of keeping underage children in conventional prison is that they will mix up with adult inmates who are likely to influence them negatively.

“Correctional Homes and Children’s Homes are established for the purposes of remanding underage offenders and caring for children born within the prison’s walls, respectively.

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