The UK government is considering spending £1million for a comfortable jail in Nigeria to take convicts whose crimes were committed in the UK.
The prison would house 400 Nigerian inmates incarcerated in our UK’s packed prisons who cannot be forcibly sent home to complete their punishments.
Jails in Nigeria are considered so rough that any prisoner the UK tried to deport could oppose their removal on human rights grounds.
Lin Homer, the chief executive of the UK Border Agency, told MPs the deal would save taxpayers’ money, because the UK would no longer have to pay the £30,000-a-year cost of keeping inmates in our own jails.
‘We are in negotiations with Nigeria to help them establish better prison conditions,’ she said.
‘It’s about helping them generate a structure that can cope with the prisoners. It would be well worth the money to do so.’
But Matthew Elliott of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s an absolute scandal that British taxpayers may foot the bill for a Nigerian prison.
‘The Government should not even entertain this nonsense proposal, particularly at a time when our own prison service is so desperately in need of funds.
‘If Nigerians are here illegally and are going to be deported, we should be sending them home immediately.’