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[Published: Thursday July 09 2009]

Britain wants to pay for prison cells in Nigeria

London, 09 July-(ANA)-The UK plans to pay to build a prison in Nigeria because human rights are stopping their criminals being sent home, the head of the UK Border Agency has disclosed.


The UK government says it is offering to pay because current custody conditions in the west African nation are so poor it gives criminals in the UK scope to oppose their removal on human rights grounds.



It is part of negotiations to set up a prison transfer agreement between the two countries.


The move would mean around 400 Nigerian criminals could be cleared from British jails and sent home to finish their sentences.

But campaign groups and opposition MPs attacked the proposal as an "absolute scandal" that risked setting an unwanted precedent. (ANA)

FA/ANA/09 July 2009---




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