I was remanded at the Oba prison in Abeokuta Ogun state and I would like to share my experience with you because the inmates there are suffering terribly. Please, would you be kind enough to use your good office to tell the world what the prisoners at Oba prison are passing through?
I am going to lay down the details and if you like it you can build your story. First of all the greatest problem here is the starvation of the inmates, they are served very little beans in the morning which is very watery, for lunch they are given half a 75g cup of blueband margarine for lunch and the same for dinner with a watery soup.
The cook warders sell and eat the food meant for the prison inmates. The yard master is SPA Lawal, a vicious and wicked man who takes great delight in whipping and maltreating inmates without excuse. The said yard master thrives on extortion and extorts anything from money to food items from the inmates. Whoever refuses to part with his food or money is always severely dealt with.
At Oba prison, visits are not free. You have to pay at least N1,500 to see your brother, friend, son, father, husband and others. Although there is a sign outside boldly that says visit is free. There is only one vehicle to take the inmates to court as such most of them miss their days in court. There is no single doctor to attend to over 650 prisoners. Please, save Oba prison inmates.
There are no beds, no mattresses for the awaiting trial inmates; they all sleep on the floor, on tattered and flea infested mats, old rice or gari sacks or on cartons. There is no fan. No single form of entertainment or distraction for the prisoners, no television, no radio, no MP3 players allowed. No single form of mental stimulation. It is a pathetic and terrible situation at Oba prison and the world needs to know.
FROM A CONCERNED PRISONER