Black Maria renamed Green Maria as FG approves N1.5bn for purchase of 116 vehicles


The Federal Government has renamed the vehicle used in conveying prisoners from Black Maria to Green Maria.

A bill has also been transmitted to the National Assembly for the renaming of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) to Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to give it a new image.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau disclosed the information to the State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council had a meeting which was presided by President Buhari.

According to the government, this was done to reflect the current thinking on the rehabilitation of inmates in the country.

Dambazau said sum of N1.5bn has also been approved for the purchase of 116 vehicles for the prison service to enable them fast track how justice was being served in the country.

Daily Trust quoted the minister as saying: “There are over 5,000 courts and 240 prisons. Daily, we need to convey inmates awaiting trials to these courts. For speedy dispensation of justice, we need the vehicles. If there are no vehicles, there will be problem. Justice delayed, is justice denied”.

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