COVID-19: Col Umar advises FG on Prisons, tasks Boss Mustapha on States like Kano,others



By Danlami Nmodu

The Federal Government been advised to look critically at the conditions in  Nigeria’s prisons now known as correctional services, in the light of the raging coronavirus pandemic.

exclusively with Newsdiaryonline Sunday evening, the  former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) said the FG should urgently set up a special committee to hasten the decongestion of the country’s overcrowded prisons.

He said this will help avert an escalation of the coronavirus pandemic. If a committee of that nature exists already, he advised that the members should encouraged to move swiftly  to avert a national calamity. The committee should take steps to decongest the prisons now, Umar said.


The former military governor also called Presidential Task , PTF led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, to pay attention to states where still gather in large numbers despite the  COVID-19 pandemic.

Col Umar expressed concern over the situation in states like Kano ,Sokoto, , Bayelsa and  others  where  seem to   congregating as if nothing is happening in the world around them.

The PTF, Umar suggested reach out to the respective governors need to take tough measures to  stop a looming danger to the states and their neighbours.

“There is no reason why should still congregating in Mosques and Churches now. The PTF talk to the governors of such states” Umar said.