The Lagos State Government, has disclosed plans to relocate Ikoyi Prison to Epe, as a way of decongesting the prison.
The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, made the disclosure, at a parley organised by the State Ministry of Justice for judicial correspondents in the State.
Hon. Kazeem said although, prison administration is within the purview of the Federal Government, the state government would intervene in the current situation of prisons in the State.
In his words: “The prison is not within our control but we cannot look away. The police is not under the State too, but Lagos State government has made major interventions because it affect the people of the state and I can tell you in all the security services that operate in the state, this government has made one major intervention or the other.
“There is an ongoing discussion with the federal government to relocate Ikoyi Prison to Epe where there will be enough space. The whole idea is to decongest the prison and once we are able to agree on terms with the FG, Lagos government will design a world class prison facility”.
The Lagos state Attorney General, further revealed that governor Ambode has promised to intervene on issues of food, health, accommodation among others as it affect inmates”.
He added that the orientation of the governor, is that the prison should be a developmental and rehabilitation center to equip prisoners with necessary knowledge to enable their re-integration into the family.