A BBC article documents a colonial-era law which sets forth that the mentally ill are jailed;
Usually they have committed no crime, or very minor ones that may not merit a custodial sentence anywhere else in the world.
But the colonial-era law allows Nigerian courts to jail the mentally ill.
Prisoners' Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (Prawa) is an organisation working to get "civil lunatics" released from Nigeria's jails.
Locking Up Nigeria's 'civil' lunatics'
An interesting, yet depressing, read. Sometimes I think so many countries are 'behind the times'. But then when I think about it more, each country lives in it's own time.
Do we owe it to countries like Nigeria to step in and encourage change or should each country progress at it's own rate?