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Nigeria & United Kingdom to Swap Prison Inmates



Nigeria and the United Kingdom have reached an understanding to begin a prison swap programme. This would be launched as soon as Nigeria signs its Prison Act into law.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Dahiru Tambuwal said this on Monday at the flag-off of 2012 prison audit by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Kuje Prison.

The Senator said funds for the programme, which the United Kingdom is willing to provide, would be used to renovate prisons so as to make the facilities habitable enough and kept at least to meet minimum world standard to accommodate inmates. The United Kingdom, he added, has promised to provide money to fund the process of prison inmates’ exchange.

Senator Tambuwal said that the Bill seeking the amendment of the Prison Act has gone through the second reading and would be finally passed by the senate in two weeks, after which the Prison swap process can begin.

“The process to evolve a new prison law has gone beyond the second reading as we are now looking at it clause-by-clause,” Daily Times quoted him as saying. “It is expected that in about two weeks, the process would have been completed and the amendment effected.”

The Senator did not give details of the Prison swap programme in the news report. This is what I am even more curious about. Are they bringing British prisoners serving time to Nigerian Prisons and taking Nigerian prisoners abroad? Or would it be a situation where Nigerian prisoners serving time in the UK would be brought to the renovated prisons here in Nigeria in order to decongest their own prisons? What is the whole essence of the Prison Swap programme? What benefits does it hold for the Nigerian and UK government?

Any thoughts?

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  1. chike

    October 10, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I understand swap to mean exchange (transfer from point A 2 B and Vice versa).
    Dat’s not tru for dis case cos I’m not sure u have any British citizen in Naija prison.
    So doz Naija pple in UK prisons n wud to be prisoners shud knw dat their days of grooving are numbered. It’ll soon be a back to life n reality Prison where groundnut is used to substitute Egusi for soup to say the least.
    Good for dem

    • Agape

      October 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Lol to the lolest!!!

    • Sbaby

      October 10, 2012 at 8:19 am


  2. Nafisah

    October 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Hilarious shit i have heard in a while. I bet no one is going to break the law again in UK!!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Precisely what I was thinking. Either get your “Red Pali” before you commit or desist and live a decent, law-abiding life.

  3. Na wa o!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This prison swap programme makes no sense at all. First of all, what is the purpose of it? As far as I can see, the programme does not benefit Nigerians in anyway. Why should Nigerian criminals who committed a crime in England be asked to serve their prison term in Nigeria? It seems England is pulling a fast one on the Nigerian government and sadly, our government doesn’t seem to realize it. The white man will never come up with any policy that will benefit the African in the long run. I wish our leaders would realize that and be wise as a serpent.

    So pretty much, if an English or British national commits a crime in Nigeria, the prisoner will then be sent to England to serve his or her prison term? What of if on getting to England, the English choose to release the prisoner since the person is their citizen? I mean, it could happen considering how these white people tend to look down on us Africans anyway.

    I think the British government has already thought this through and seen it will benefit them in the long run. They feel they can give the Nigerian government some chomp change to build prisons in Nigeria. Then once the English judicial system finds you guilty, you are quickly deported to Nigeria to serve your sentence in a Nigerian prison before you can even re-appeal the decision of the court or get an opportunity to get out of jail sooner should you behave yourself whilst in prison.

    Once you get deported back to Nigeria to serve your prison term, you will never be able to come back to England ever again. Those who don’t get a fair trial will also be quickly deported to Nigeria to serve prison terms there. England is cunningly using this method to decrease or get rid of her black population. It is high time we Nigerians put our house in order because another 10 to 15 years from now, the western world will be a very hostile place for black people to live in. Mark my words.

  4. BRAYn

    October 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Wrong! BN kinda mixed up things here, its actually a kind of programme whereby Britain will facilitate/finance the building of ‘healthy’ prisons in naija and then transfer the ownership of those prisons to Nigeria after they might have fully recovered their input!

    • Fareedah!

      October 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

      BN didn’t mix things up. They only asked if you knew more about the programme which you have graciously provided some insight to. For me, I want them to deport those Nigerian prisoners in the UK so that they will know what it means like to be in a real prison.

  5. stacy

    October 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    my question is, are they swapping random inmates in the UK and bringing them back to naiija or they will single out Nigerians in the UK prisons? Chai, Naija sha oh, so tey prison cant contain u guys no more. SMDH!!!

  6. 1010

    October 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

    opportunity for ibori to come back and not finish his jail terms

    • Buoyantic

      October 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Tru say

    • Sbaby

      October 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

      I am telling you, it will favour a lot of all these influential nigerians in jail there. Once they enter naija they will virtually be free and not continue sentence

    • Joey

      October 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Exactly my thinking. Ibori will be the first person they will swap then after 6 months in Naija prison he will be released.

    • ij

      October 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

      very forward thinking comment

    • ameenah

      October 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

      very true.

  7. Kachi

    October 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

    People be wise nah! You clearly read that the details are not yet available yet some people are already passing judgement on the whole process. Wisdom will only speak with all the facts available so either wait for the facts or seek em out before you hurry to give your opinion.

  8. realist

    October 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Nawa o u sound so clueless, there are loads of Nigerians in british prisons and who would get deported after their release anyways so y not move them to Nigeria sooner and save the British government some money. My only fear in all this is JAMES IBORI, this might be a way out for him.

  9. olah

    October 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

    It would make sense in a few years.

  10. kem

    October 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    lmao, Nigerians inmate over there will prefer to be there oh than to be in here, sound like 24 series……….season1, i cross leg with popcorn, watching!

  11. huh?

    October 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    If you ask me,na who I go ask????

  12. person pikin

    October 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The british man? As cunning as a fox! The bait is money they are sending to build new prisons abi? And these politicians are excited only beacuse they have seen new money to embezzle. They cant stand against the idea.
    The truth is they are tired of us! The population of nigerian inmates in UK prosons is alarming! Obviously they have human right laws in place so they have no choice than to treat them as human beings and provide them with basic things like food, water, healthcare etc. They use tax payers money to maintain them, of which they will rather spend on something more meaningful. Hence the plan to deport them to serve their jail terms in their father land. And once you are deported, omo e don be! Thats the end, you cant find your way back.
    Truth is they dont want us anymore in their land. Immigration is stiffening by the second, the ones in prisons sef, they now want to deport. We have wrecked to much havoc in their country, I dont blame them.

  13. Ines

    October 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Please swap James Ibori- The ogbogbodigbo of Oghara………..

  14. Oma

    October 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I think the Word SWAP was not the right word to use. I don’t get it

  15. tbn

    October 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

    This is their plan to bring back their don Ibori to the country so that he would be released. I strongly believe that Ibori has a serious hold on the powers that be in this our country. Otherwise why has there always be concerted efforts to make him free all along? Now they’re talking of exchange programs, lets watch and see. he’ll be one of the first to enjoy this so called exchange program.

  16. Ayo, UK Tax -payer

    October 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    It is cheaper for the UK govt to build prisons in Nigeria to incarcerate Nigerian felons who commit crimes in the UK than to imprison them in the UK at the expense of the UK taxpayer. Most of them will be deported after their terms and in my opinion it makes perfect sense. I trust this will act as a deterrent in the future as they now they will face the Nigerian penal system instead of serving out their term playing video games and eating roast dinners with constant electricity and flowing water in British prisons. Those prisoners live in better conditions than some UK citizens talk less of the average hardworking citizen doing a honest day’s work. As a British taxpayer and Nigerian ashamed by how they tarnish our name I support this motion.
    However I doubt the prison guards would be chuffed if the prison cells look better than their own allinone accommodations.

  17. Na wa o!

    October 10, 2012 at 11:19 am


    And why only with Nigerians? Are Nigerians the only people in their jail? You are the one who sounds clueless because you seem not to understand the way the average white man reasons or perceives the black man. Anyways, which one be my own? I don’t live in the UK neither am I a prisoner so let them do whatever they like.

  18. Tila

    October 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    @ 6:57 and 7:23 the policy is to favour only ONE Person and you have mentioned the name! no be me talk am oooooooo

  19. Ginika

    October 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This one will ignite real life episodes of Prison Break, lost in London!!!

  20. Tiki

    October 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Good call. There’s too many Nigerians in prison in Britain , why should the taxpayers there be suffering for the sake of other people who are not even British? Everybody should go back to their country, if their respective governments like let them release them 6 months later – who will suffer for it?

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