Cost of living: Real reason for Jos prison inmates’ protest – Official

The Nigerian Correctional Service’s Plateau Command claims that the amount and caliber of food supplies for prisoners have not been decreased.

In response to media reports that convicts at the Jos Custodial Centre protested on Friday about a lack of food, command spokesman Mr. Godfrey Longdiem made this statement in Jos on Saturday.

He continued by saying that due to the present increase in food prices, the command was instead intending to supplement the meals of the prisoners.

“The command wishes to clarify that it has no intention or plan to reduce the quantity or quality of inmates’ ration, but to supplement their meals as a result of the hike in prices of foodstuffs.

“Inmates are normally served rice four times in a week.

“Contractors, however, complained about incessant increases in prices of food items, particularly that of rice and consequently, they requested to serve rice twice a week and supplement with another food.

“This request did not go down well with the inmates, but the situation was later brought under control without harm or injury to anyone,’’ he stated.

Longdiem called on Plateau residents and Nigerians in general to disregard media reports that suggested an attempted jailbreak at the Jos Custodial Centre.

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