The October-December 2018 edition of the Lagos Criminal Information System has revealed that most of the inmates in the five prisons across the state are being held for the offence of stealing.
The report named Mushin, Apapa, Oshodi, Agege and Ibeju-Lekki as the top five stealing spots in the Lagos metropolis.
The report, which was made public last week by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, captured information about 14,636 inmates across the five prisons in the state.
It revealed that next to stealing, the other offences for which many inmates landed in the prison custody were breach of peace, cultism, fighting, murder and armed robbery.
A statement by the justice ministry recalled that the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), had, while inaugurating the LCIS July last year, explained that it would serve as a pool or databank, “where critical information on inmates and criminal activities, and crime demography would be stored to further enhance the administration of justice in Lagos State.”
According to the report, the five prisons in Lagos State are seriously overstreched.
“In the period under review, 75 per cent of inmates at the federal prisons in Lagos State are recorded to be awaiting trial, with 17 per cent convicted inmates and six per cent on remand.
“In the same period, the report indicated that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions of the Ministry of Justice issued a total of 358 legal advices from the 358 duplicate case files received; with the breakdown showing, miscellaneous (stealing related offences), 51; sexual offences, 138; robbery, 91; homicide, 50; and fatal motor accident, 28,” the statement by the justice ministry said.
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