The Lagos State Government has activated discussions with the Federal Government to relocate Ikoyi Prison to the outskirt of Epe, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said on Friday.
Speaking at a media parley with judiciary correspondents and editors in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Kazeem said 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 better perform its primary duty of serving as a correctional centre.
He said though the issue of prison, being on the exclusive legislative list, was not within the purview of the State Government, but Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was passionate about prison reforms and had been investing on critical infrastructure.
There has been an ongoing matter with Ikoyi Prison. Discussions have been ongoing with the Federal Government to relocate that 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.