About 94 percent of inmates of the Kirikiri Medium Security Prisons, Lagos are awaiting trial for various offenses.
The prison, designed to accommodate 1,700 inmates, now has a total of 2,484 people out of which only 140 or 5.63 percent are convicts.
A visit to the prisons by Sunday Vanguard alongside some church members showed that the inmates were in need of mats as there were no beds or bed spaces to accommodate them.
During the visit, most of the inmates were praying at the Freedom Church, outside their cells.
Many of them, said to have spent several years for allegedly committing minor offences, asked God to make the way for them to regain their freedom.
Prison officials did not allow the visitors to go near the inmates.
They, however, said that the inmates needed mats or used clothes, saying such items were their greatest needs