The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a recently published data, indicated that 72.53% of inmates in prisons across the country are awaiting trials – not yet sentenced.
The NBS, according to its prison report released on January 19, 2017, gave an overview of detainees awaiting sentencing and overall prison population by state and year from 2011 to 2015.
According to data obtained, Lagos state, the commercial hub and entertainment headquarter of Nigeria, had the highest number of detainees awaiting sentencing.
It was also gathered that the state recorded 5,603 un-sentenced detainees out of a prison population of 6,522, followed by Rivers and Edo states with 3,625 and 2,434 un-sentenced detainees.
On the other hand, Yobe and Borno states had 163 and 216 un-sentenced detainees respectively, representing the least in the country.
The two states have a total prison population of 562 and 603 respectively.
Out of the 36 states, Lagos had the highest prison population in the country with 6,522 inmates, followed by Kano and Rivers states with populations of 4,082 and 4,054 respectively.
It was also revealed in the report that the total prison population in the country for 2015 was 62,260 as against 56, 059 in 2014.
The increase in prison population in 2015 represents about 11.06% growth from the previous year.
The NBS also blamed the problem of prison congestion in Nigeria to the high number of people awaiting trial.