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UK to build £700000 Estimated Prison in Nigeria

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    UK to build £700000 Estimated Prison in Nigeria

    The United Kingdom has made a proposal to build a prison in Nigeria to enable the transfer of Nigerian prisoners in Britain, the Cable Nigeria reports.

    The proposed prison, which is a 112-bed wing, is to be built to United Nations specifications in the Kirikiri prison, Lagos.

    The prison, according to a statement submitted to Parliament by Boris Johnson, UK secretary of state for foreign affairs, is estimated to cost £700,000 and is part of a compulsory prisoner transfer agreement which both countries signed in 2014.

    Johnson noted poor prison conditions in some countries overseas have created a legal barrier to returning foreigners convicted in the UK.

    “As part of this agreement, eligible prisoners serving criminal sentences in Nigeria and the UK can be returned to complete their sentences in their respective countries,”Johnson said.

    Deals to transfer prisoners in UK jails to their countries of origin have also been made with Albania, Rwanda, Jamaica and Libya.

    “The government believes that wherever possible foreign nationals should serve their sentences in their own country,” a foreign office spokesperson told Sky News.

    “Helping Nigeria to improve its prison conditions and increase prison capacity will enable us to transfer more prisoners to Nigeria, which will, in turn, free up prison places in the UK.”