The Lagos State Government has activated discussions with the Federal Government to relocate Ikoyi Prison to the outskirt of Epe.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem confirmed that the prison, which was established in 1955, has outlived its suitability for the present location, and there was need to relocate it to another place where it would at best, perform its primary duty of serving as a correctional centre.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is passionate about prison reforms and has been investing on critical infrastructure. Unfortunately, issues about prison are on the exclusive legislative list which isn’t within our control but the reality is that we can’t look away.
Discussions have been ongoing with the Federal Government to relocate the prison to possibly Epe or some other locations and free up that space. The whole idea is that that prison is congested and right in the middle of the city.
What we are going to agree with the Federal Government is to get the design, build a world class prison facility and make it truly a correctional centre.
In America and other places, the prison is meant to correct the behavior of the people that go there so that they can come out and become better people in the society.
Infrastructure, hygiene, accommodation, food and so on are critical issues affecting the prisons. We cannot look away because it deals with our State.