CORONA VIRUS -TIME TO RELEASE PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE -ICRP

Press Statement

THE INITIATIVE FOR CONCILIATION AND RIGHT PROTECTION (ICRP)PLOT SP 360/362 , MECHANIC SCHEME, APO FCT ABUJA

Email: iconciliationrp@gmail.com Twitter Handle: @_ICRP_ , Facebook Page @ICRightProtection April 01,2020

CORONA VIRUS -TIME TO RELEASE PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

With the emergence and spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) or the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A Public Health crises threatening the world with an exponential rise in figure of infected individuals and an increasing number of death world wide. Nigeria has recorded 139 confirmed cases with 2 deaths, and over 4000 contacts yet to be traced.

Looking at Nigerian Correction centres, there is high level of prison congestion and Covid-19 is highly contagious in nature. It is Paramount to decongest the prisons all over the country.

As reported in China by Washington post on 22 of mach, 2020 over 806 cases have been reported in five prisons across three provinces. Despite China’s wealth of experience and successes in curbing the menace of covid-19 such a high number of prisoners were infected.

The disease is spread through small droplets from nose or mouth of an infected person, mainly when an infected individual coughs or sneezes, hand shakes, and being in close contact with infected person, and over 80% of people infected may not show the clinical symptoms which may be able to spread the disease in an exponential rate. Mortality rate is higher in people above 50 years of age with associated co- morbidities like hypertension, chronic obstructive airway diseases, diabetes etc. Considering the inadequate resources to manage this deadly virus in this country, we call on the government to release all prisoners that are on bail, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses and all prisoners of conscience like sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife. Taking into cognisance their age and barrage of debilitating health conditions they are already battling.We will like to commend the Federal Government, Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC and other agencies on there efforts towards curtailing the deadly disease. We will like to use this opportunity to call on the general public to stick to the NCDC guidelines on prevention and contact dedicated lines of NCDC should in case one developed recurrent dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing and being in contact with individual with travel history from countries with high rate of the infection.

Signed DR. Abubakar Yahaya (For the Medical Department ,ICRP) Barr. Dr Hassan Bala,Esq. Barr.Netochukwu Nwokolo, Esq.Comrade Godwin Ekoja Prince Adelaja Adeoye CC:The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria Governors Forum Minister of Justice Minister of Health Minister of Interior Controller General of NCS Concerned Nigerians WHO

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