The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has disclosed that more than 15 inmates awaiting trials in the Abakaliki federal prisons are already mad and require urgent medical attention.The commission according to Leadership, disclosed on Sunday, October 30, that many children and their mothers have been languishing in the prisons for years for common offence which ordinarily shouldn’t have warranted their being taken to the prisons. The executive secretary of the commission, professor Bem Angwe made disclosure at the government House, Abakaliki during a courtesy call on Governor David Umahi. Mr. Angwe said the commission was in Abakaliki to probe

aathe attempted jailbreak of August 18 this year in which many inmates reportedly lost their lives. “Some two weeks back when I led a team of the commission on the spot assessment of the situation there in the Abakaliki prisons and found very pathetic situation. Situation where the inmates awaiting trial are more than 80% and that has been the situation for years,” he said. Angwe lamented that inmates in the prison cells have nowhere to sit, lay or squat. In the nights, he said they take turn to sleep, noting that some of them sleep for two hours and they are woken-up for other inmates to sleep. READ ALSO: Igbo leaders reiterate commitment to work for one Nigeria He said: ‘’So many cases there are very sympathetic. We saw a woman with two children in the prisons. She was accused of stealing coco yam of N400.

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