Saturday, 11 January 2014
FG signs prisoners’ transfer deal with UK
The Federal Government and Britain, yesterday, signed a Prisoners’ Transfer Agreement.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammad Adoke, SAN and the United Kingdom, Minister of Justice, Mr. Jeremy Wright sealed the deal at a ceremony, in Abuja.
“This is a good agreement for both Nigeria and UK. It gives us an opportunity to strengthen our partnership and friendship. It is also an opportunity to ensure that the prisoners which come from either country will serve their sentences in their own countries, that is better for their rehabilitation,” he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, who earlier received Wright in her office, said “experts from both countries will now sit down to bring the modalities for implementation. After which the two countries will go back to ratify and then it will come into force.
“We have two arrangements with UK on prisoner transfer. Already we have an existing agreement under the commonwealth scheme which provides transfer with consent and we have been implementing that.