Boko Haram FG re-opens 8 satellite prisons in Bauchi

The satellite prisons reopened are Alkaleri, Burra, Darazo, Katagum, Shira, Tafa Balewa and Toro. The eighth prison was however not mentioned.

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(The News Nigeria)
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The Federal Government has reopened the eight satellite prisons located in Bauchi state, North-east Nigeria, which were closed down due to the incessant Boko Haram attacks in the region.

Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed disclosed this on Thursday, August 25, in Abuja, in a statement signed by the service spokesman, Francis Enobore.

The satellite prisons reopened are Alkaleri, Burra, Darazo, Katagum, Shira, Tafa Balewa and Toro.

The statement said: “They were re-opened on Monday 15th August, 2016.

"Gamawa, the 9th satellite prison will however remain closed till it is conducive enough to receive prisoners under safe and humane conditions.

"Prisoners are drawn from main prisons that had borne the burden of accommodating inmates in the state while the insurgency lasted.

"The re-opening of the satellite prisons will significantly reduced congestion and the attendant management difficulties in the main prisons across the state."

Some prisons in the North-eastern zone were closed down some years ago due to the Boko Haram insurgency that affected most government security establishments.