Nigeria begins prisoners swap with China

Despite complaints of congested prisons in Nigeria, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ratified a prisoners’ swap deal for the repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in China to serve out their jail terms back home.
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced the deal after the FEC meeting in Abuja, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that the Nigerian prisoners to be affected for now are specifically those jailed in Macau, an autonomous region in the south coast of China.
He further clarified that for the deal to be effective, it would also need to be ratified by the Chinese authorities. There is plan to sign similar deals with other countries.
The Minister also disclosed that the FEC approved a Federal Government Action Plan on Anti-money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism.
This was worked out after Nigeria’s recent suspension from Egmont Group, said Malami, who explained that it would showcase new and more effective measures to combat these vices, as agreed by stakeholders in money laundering and anti-terrorism agencies.
Meanwhile, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced the FEC approval of a N72.9 billion contract for the reconstruction of Creek Road to Tin Can Island through Apapa and Oworonsoki Roads to Toll Gate end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The project, which excludes the Coconut and Mile 2 sections of the road, is to be handled by the Dangote Group on a Public-Private Partnership, which will recover its funding through government’s tax credit policy.
The stretch of the road spans about 27 kilometres across ten lanes, totalling 270.8 kilometres, and is expected to be completed in two years.

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