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UK Govt to Build £700,000 Prison in Nigeria


The United Kingdom is to build a prison in Nigeria following its decision to transfer Nigerian prisoners in Britain to the country.
The UK government proposed to build a 112-bed wing to the United Nations specifications in the Kirikiri prison, Lagos, to house the prisoners from the UK.
According to a statement submitted to Parliament by Boris Johnson, UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the prison is estimated to cost £700,000.
The project is part of a compulsory prisoner transfer agreement which both countries signed in 2014.
Johnson said poor conditions in some prisons overseas have created a legal barrier to returning foreigners convicted in the UK.
“As part of this agreement, eligible prisoners serving criminal sentences in 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 said.
“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.”

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