Kwara Community Requests Relocation Of Prison

Residents of Oke Kura Community on the outskirts of Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, have called for the immediate relocation of the prison located in their midst.

This is amid several complaints that the correctional facility is unhygienic and has become a source of friction between them and military personnel attached to it.

Speaking to Channels Television, a member of the community narrated the case of an attempted jail break which resulted in a heavy gun fire; an incident that shook the entire community.

The National President of the Ilorin Descendant Progressive Union, Abdulahi Ade, also supported the call of the residents, saying that the story would have been different if the stray bullet hit a passer by.

“The security situation in that place is not sound, it is not secured – They should relocate it”.

The agitation and call for the relocation got to the floor of the House of Representatives as the man representing the area, in company of the Committee on Army visited the community to assess the true situation of things.

The senator said that the Committee had been asked to investigate the case and caution the military so that they could interface with the community properly in the discharge of their duties.

He also charged the committee to look into the possibility of de-congesting the prisons.

 

Source: Channels TV

FG Issues Statement on Ilorin Prison Riot

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) has ordered investigation into inmates riot at Oke Kura Prison, Ilorin, Kwara State last Thursday, which reportedly claimed six lives in the condemned prisoners’ cell, while many others sustained injuries.

He also directed an Intra-Ministerial Committee to work closely with Nigeria Prisons’ management team with a view to unraveling the remote circumstance surrounding the incident, avoiding a repeat of such in any of the nation’s penitentiary and to sanction officials found culpable.

A statement by Dambazzau’s Chief press secretary, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, said the minister has consistently maintained his stance on the need to adhere to the United Nation Minimum Standards for the Treatments and Rehabilitation of Prison inmates including condemned Prisoners in line with the Mandela Rules.

“Findings overtime have shown that such riot involving condemned criminals has been as a result of frustration of being on death row for a period of 10yrs or more,” it reads.

“Moreover, a Prison that was built in 1914, with 121 inmates capacity now accommodating 417, is bound to create difficulties in management.

“Government has therefore embarked on reconstructing old Prisons, while also building new Prison facilities in some locations”.

Dambazzau reassured of his resolve to retool the Nigeria Prison Service, to effectively play its pivotal role of Reforming, Rehabilitating and Reintegrating transformed inmates back to the society, while ensuring that the rights of Prisoners are well protected.

Ilorin High Chief Dies At 76

The Balogun Fulani of Ilorin , Alhaji Mahmud Durosinlorun Atiku, is dead.

He was one of the four high chiefs of Ilorin Emirate and the most senior.

He died in the early hours of on Tuesday at the age of 76 and has since been buried according to Islamic rites .

The passing away of Balogun Fulani was announced in a statement signed by the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Salihu Woru Mohammed, on behalf of the Ilorin Emirate Council.

The late chief ascended the throne of his forefathers in September 2005 as the eleventh Balogun Fulani of Ilorin.

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari led other traditional chiefs in the emirate to witness the burial while the prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin , Alhaji Mohammed Bashir Salihu.

The late Balogun is survived by wives , children and grandchildren .

Sulu-Gambari expressed sadness over the demise of Atiku, describing it as shocking.

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