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-Lagos State has the highest number of prisoners in Nigeria, 7,396 out of the national total of 68,686.+JetBlue is having an impressive sale.
  
 +On Wednesday, JetBlue announced a special one-day sale with one-way tickets for as low as $31. As a result, in some instances, travelers can buy round-trip tickets for an astonishingly low price of $62.
  
-The state, which is the commercial hub of Nigeria, also leads in prisons congestion. It has a capacity for 3,927 prisoners, indicating that it is almost 100 per cent overfilled, a trend that President Muhammadu Buhari has called a national scandal. 
  
 +The tickets, limited to travel between October 27 and November 4, are targeted at Halloween travelers.
  
-According to a new data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) today, Lagos is closely followed by Rivers and Kano States with 4,424 and 4,183 prison inmates population. Kano can conveniently accommodate just 2,116 prisoners. 
  
 +The $31 tickets are available for flights on most of JetBlue'​s major routes, including Atlanta to Boston; Austin, Texas, to Long Beach, California; Boston to New York; Chicago to New York; New York to West Palm Beach, Florida; Tampa, Florida, to Washington, DC; and Denver to New York.
  
-Rivers State has one of the worst prisoner congestion ratio as it can take only 1,354, compared to the 4,183 prisoners it accommodates at present. 
  
 +Discounted fares for flights to destinations outside the US are pricier — for example, New York to Havana, Cuba, is $70 one-way, and Orlando, Florida, to Mexico City costs $75 one-way.
  
-Bayelsa and Ekiti States have the lowest numbers of prisoners, with 444 and 585 as at last year. Even then the two states also failed to buck the trend as their cells can accommodate only 200 and 400 prisoners. 
  
 +The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday or when tickets run out.
  
-The NBS Prison Statistics catalogued Prison Population by Total DetaineesPrison Capacity and Number of Un-sentenced Detainees by State and Year and Prison Inmate Population by Gender from 2011 to 2016.+The discounted tickets are for travel on JetBlue'​s lowest fare classBlue. That means passengers do not get free checked luggage but can bring carry-on bags. The flights include JetBlue'​s complimentary amenities, including high-speed internet, satellite TV, snacks, sodas, ​and satellite radio.
  
  
-The study showed a rise in prison population from 65,030 in 2015 to 68,686 last year. +On TuesdaySouthwest Airlines announced ​major fare sale with prices as low as $100 for round-trip flightsThat sale ends on Thursday and includes tickets for domestic travel between October 31 and December 19 of this year, and between ​January 3 and February 142018.
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-It also showed ​rise in over-population of the prisonsIn 2015, the prisons capacity was 49,965. But the prisoners were 65,033. In 2016, the capacity rose to 50,803, as the inmates also increased to 68,686. +
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-More revealing, according to the News Agency ​of Nigeria (NAN) is the gender skewness of the population: There are far more men in prisons than women. While male inmates last year were 67,329, the women were 1,357. +
-The gender ratio in 2015 was similar, 63,668 to 1,357. +
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-In terms of the beliefs of the inmates, there were more Muslims kept in jail between ​2015 and 2016more than Christians. +
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-NBS data shows that 59,940 Christians were incarcerated in the two year period, in contrast with 71,402 Muslims. The number of traditionalists,​ atheists and others was 11,506. +
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-Two weeks ago, President Buhari expressed concern over the state of the nation’s prisons, noting that it is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent. +
-He spoke when he hosted a delegation of the judicial arm of government led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. +
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-"We need a new approach to prison congestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by 90 per cent, " he said. +
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-He stressed the need to put in place urgent new measures to speedily decongest the prisons across the country. +
-He stated that the call had become imperative not only in the interest of justice but to save the cost of prisons’ maintenance and boost the welfare of prisoners.+