A Deputy Comptroller, Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, Mr. Kayode Odeyemi has attributed last week’s riot in the prison to officials’ foiling of inmates’ attempts to smuggle Indian hemp and mobile phones into the facility.
Mr. Odeyemi made this declaration on Friday during the visit of senior officials of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC to the prison.
Mr. Odeyemi, explained that the fracas was triggered by inmates who wanted an opportunity to break the prison rules by smuggling materials like phones, marijuana and other illegal items that could be of help in jail break.
He noted that the inmates that died during the riots are those who tried to escape but were trapped by the barb wires on the security fence.
According to him, “it started when a man was carrying a box of fan without proper authorization to the church in the prison; I intercepted him and refuse him entrance prior proper approval for entering.
“On interrogating him, I was not convinced to give him entrance because that is how people smuggle illegal items into the prison in the name of given charity to the prisoners. No long before that we started hearing noise and revolt from the inmates which was reported to been triggered by one inmate known as bishop”, he added.
Odeyemi, noted that during the fracas, a total number of 23 prisoners sustained minor injuries and are treated why four were badly injured when confronting the security guards and are currently in Igbobi hospital and Lagos Island still undergoing treatment.
“It is to the interest of Nigerians to note that no prisoners had escaped from the protest and guns were not fired on the prisoners but rather on the air to scare them off attempting for any jail break.
Responding, Professor Angwem said, “we are not misguided by the obligation to see that the rights and privileges given by the law are properly and adequately adhere to”, adding, “we have to ensure that the welfare of both the prison officials and the inmates are not trampled upon.”