Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
My impromptu excursion to Kirikiri Prison, By Yushau Shuaib

By News Express on 15/03/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 940

•Yushau Shuaib.
•Yushau Shuaib.

This is not a joke, but a real-life story. I still wonder how my family members, friends and well-wishers would feel about my ‘ordeal’ inside the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison in Apapa, Lagos. 

In fact, this write-up commenced in the Prison. All my life I have tried to avoid any act or behaviour that would warrant me being sent to any solitary confinement – whether cell, house-arrest, guard-room - or prison not to talk of the most popular (or is it notorious) Kirikiri Prison in Nigeria.

In the past and up till now, I deliberately try to avoid visiting offices of friends whose mandates are to detain people even when, professionally, I engage in crisis communication, which involved relating with security agencies. 

Meanwhile, I have also realised that the only person that could be sure of not going to be detained either in cell, house-arrest or prison must surely be a dead person in the grave. Influential leaders have been detained and incarcerated at various times; some went to detentions straight from highly powerful positions, while others moved from detention centres to privileged posts. Nelson Mandela, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Obafemi Awolowo, Wole Soyinka and even Sambo Dasuki who had been granted multiple bails, are very few of personalities that have tasted state confinement and imprisonment, where their movement and freedom were not only restricted but denied.

Sometime last year, I received an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an investigation of a company involved in crisis management for the security sector. I felt embarrassed by the reckless and baseless indictment of the firm by the controversial and unceremoniously disbanded AVM Jon-Ode arms probe panel. I was nevertheless treated with dignity by the anti-corruption agency without being detained, after providing necessary information on the issues at stake. Meanwhile, as a man, I have always prepared for the worst scenario in case of untoward eventualities.  

Before I give the reason for my journey into Kirikiri Prison, I know for sure that the right of prisoners in relations to physical integrity must have freedom from arbitrary arrest. No matter the situation, I know that potential detainees, by right, should be informed of the fact and grounds of any arrest. In fact, victims of emerging professional whistle-blowing enterprises deserve some respect, because they are innocent until proven guilty in competent courts. 

I must state that I had no hesitation when the Prison officials in Abuja, insisted that I must be conveyed to Kirikiri Prison. I was flown to Lagos and transported by a bus to the Prison in Apapa. I must also be very sincere to state that I was neither maltreated nor harassed from Abuja to Lagos, even though we had flight delay. 

At the entrance to the Prison I became scared to the marrow when I read a notice which stated that the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison was overcrowded. On that day, March 1, 2017, it accommodated 3,051 prisoners instead of 1,700 of its official capacity. More shocking was the fact that 2,627 detainees were not convicted by any court but they were awaiting trial. Some awaiting trial inmates were immorally detained for frivolous offence of fighting, walking at odd hours and petition writings. 

Rather than conveying me straight to the cell, the officials at the Kirikiri Prison took me to a barbing saloon where imprisoned barbers and trainees provide the services. Next to the barbing saloon were tailoring and shoemaking workshops where inmates were trained in the production of clothes, shoes, bags, among others. I learnt some religious bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations purchase the items for sale outside the prison yards.

At another corner of the Kirikiri prison was a Library and a Computer Centre where some inmates study for examinations. Some even graduated with flying colours from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), I learnt. By conventions, further education is to be provided to all prisoners while schooling of illiterates and young inmates are made compulsory. Even though Prison is not a place for recreation and relaxation, in this prison, there is a playground, a volleyball court and table tennis facilities. Such recreational activities like sports, music and other hobbies are by the same conventions required to be made available in prisons.

Strange enough, I noticed that most of the inmates were not malnourished but looked healthier than I had thought. I suspect that they are probably offered better medical examinations and treatments than it is imagined or believed.

While being led towards the prison accommodation, the official said that by law cells for individuals should not be used to accommodate more than one person, while communal cells should only house prisoners who had been selected to share them. He added that all facilities should meet the requirement regarding health, heating, ventilation, floor space, sanitary facilities and lighting.

My ‘real ordeal’ inside the prison was how to convincingly inform my family members and well-wishers that I was never arrested, but was actually on an official assignment and Special Tour of prison facilities in Lagos with some media executives, including editors, columnists, broadcasters and journalists. We were being led and guided by the spokesperson of Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Francis Enobore and the officer-in-charge of the Prison, Emmanuel Oluwaniyi.

As a proof of the tour of the prison, I requested the spokesperson of NPS to take my picture while standing at the Window of the Computer Centre. He obliged. After the tour, we returned to our hotel for buffet and attended a three-day workshop on prison reform organised by Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA). 

After spending nights in the hotel, I returned to Abuja without spending a night in the Prison.

•Yushau Shuaib is Publisher of PRNigeria. He can be reached via  yashuaib@yahoo.com                                                 

Source News Express

Posted 15/03/2017 10:11:59 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Jonathan’s former aide leaking documents to Buhari, Izon...

Fire claims 123 lives in Kano

Ejiogu distances self from 2019 Imo guber race...

Troops turn the heat on killer herdsmen, gun...

2019: Allies paralyse Okorocha

EFCC arraigns Medical Director, 4 others for N84.8m...

EFCC soon to arrest more influential Nigerians —Chairman...

We are all Biafrans! By Chido Onumah

NiMET predicts sunny weather today in the North,...

Help, I am a racist and a tribalist!!!...

Alleged nepotism tears Oyo APC apart

Exclusive: Leading plastic manufacturing firm Leoplast killing and...

 

Latest News BREAKING: Real Madrid beat Liverpool in 2018 Champions League final EFCC begins probe of Obasanjo's $16bn power projects 30th May will witness a total lock-down of South East, South South - IPOB Police Recruitment: JAMB screens 37,000 candidates in 156 CBT centres Armed bandits kill community leader in Benue JOHESU appeals court judgement ordering it to suspend strike Anti-graft fight: We need support, not condemnation — FG If you use your powers negatively, posterity will haunt you - Jonathan tells Buhari Military confirms fire incident at Conoil fields in Bayelsa MeCAM laments effects of wanton killings on Nigerian children, tasks FG IDPs rape report: Stop living in denial, HURIWA tells FG 2018 African Brand Congress to hold in Nigeria

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (346,015 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (342,956 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (274,130 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (225,381 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,631 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (203,456 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (177,495 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,772 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,666 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (144,020 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (140,413 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,807 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (43) Business & Economy (3,163) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (858) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (498) Features (598) Global Business Monitor (275) International (1,974) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,633) Opinion (973) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,079) Religion (747) Sports (1,519) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement