Adoption of Mandela Rules to protect Nigeria inmates
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – COORDINATION among agencies in the justice sector is a critical success factor in the implementation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
This is the major resolution reached after the discussion of the Nelson Mandela Rules with scores of Prison Officers drawn from the five prison facilities, including the female medium security prison, in Lagos State.
This has been part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with the South African Consulate General, the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) and the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) organized the dialogue.
It generated interrogations and contributions by the Prison Officers who noted that operational cooperation among the Police, Prisons, Judiciary and the Bar needed to be improved for any meaningful implementation of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
These are known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules.”
Participants said the rules which were presented by the Head of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Lagos Office, Glen Prichard, would require an enabling environment and improved political will to implement in Nigeria.
Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Ronald Kayanja, on Monday presented the message from UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
We remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked to build a better world for all,” Ki-moon said of Mandela.
Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Olumide Tinuoye, expressed the gratitude of the Nigeria Prisons Service to the UN for the training on the Nelson Mandela Rules. He observed that the Nigerian Prison Officers were reputed for their professionalism and retreatment of prisoners with dignity.
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