The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the alleged killing of six inmates of Oke Kura Prisons, Ilorin, Kwara State last Thursday.
The inmates were reportedly killed during a riot while many others sustained injuries during the fracas.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, directed an Intra-Ministerial Committee to work closely with the Nigeria Prisons Service management team with a view to unraveling the remote circumstances surrounding the incident.
This was to prevent a repeat of such in any of the nation’s penitentiary and to sanction any official found culpable, a statement on Monday in Abuja, by the Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, said.
It said, “The minister has consistently maintained his stance on the need to adhere to the United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Prison Inmates, including condemned prisoners in line with the Mandela Rules.
“Findings overtime have shown that such riot involving condemned criminals has been as a result of frustration of being on death row for a period of 10 years or more. Moreover, a prison that was built in 1914, with 121 inmates capacity now accommodating 417, is bound to create difficulties in management.”
The statement added that the government had embarked on reconstruction of old prisons and building of new facilities in some locations.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has advised Nigerians to always report cases of misconduct by police personnel to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit.