The Nigerian Prisons Service says no fewer than 157 prison inmates across the country have embraced formal education as disclosed by the Controller-General of the service, Ja’afaru Ahmed.
The Controller-General disclosed this at the deradicalisation workshop organized for senior officers of the service on Monday in Abuja.
He stated that many of the inmates, who sat for the Western African Examination Council examination passed with impressive grades.
Ahmed who was represented by Mrs. Husseina Kori, Deputy Controller-General in charge of Health and Social Welfare at the service said that three of the 157 inmates were currently undergoing admission process at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
He said that the inmates who acquired formal education were extremists, adding that the service had recorded a significant breakthrough in changing their mindsets.
“It is commonplace to say that violent extremism poses serious threat to social cohesion and economic development of a nation. This program, which started a few years ago, has successfully navigated the teething challenges usually associated with novel projects particularly when it involves rehabilitating extreme deviants,” he stated.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the deradicalisation program was funded by the European Union (EU).
The Controller-General said that the prison service had assumed the tedious task of leading the deradicalisation program considering its mandate of reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating deviants into the society.
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