No fewer that thirteen male inmates of the Ibara Prison in Ogun state on Friday, June 29 matriculated at the National Open University of Nigeria for six degree programmes, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the inmates dressed in academic gowns, took the oath of good behaviour before the director of the Abeokuta Study Centre of NOUN, Prof. Olatunde Salau; Controller of Prisons, Ogun state command, Abolade Benson; and the officer-in-charge, Ibara Prison, Sunday Kolawole.
Salau, who represented the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said the mandate of the institution was to take education to everywhere in the country.
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He said: “There is hope for you. Education is the bedrock of whatever you want to do in life. With good education, you can achieve your dreams.”
Benson on his part noted that education was part of the reformation policy of the current Controller- General of Prisons, J’afaru Ahmed. He said Ahmed had sent books to prisons across the country so that the inmates could be enlightened.
He said seven of the inmates enrolled for Political Science, two for Computer Science, while one each would pursue courses in Biology, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economics and Accounting.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the police in Niger, on Monday, June 4, said that it had taken measures to ensure the arrest of the 200 prisoners that escaped from Minna medium security prison on Sunday, June 3.
Dibal Yakadi, the commissioner of police in Niger said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that only 19 out of the 219 prisoners that escaped were arrested.
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“We are working in collaboration with other security agencies in Niger state to make sure that we re-arrest the runaway inmates."
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