- Oluwaseyi Davies, an inmate serving jail time at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos state, has begged a court to relocate him from his current cell with condemned criminals
- The inmate said his life is not safe and he is always at the risk of sexual molestation from the criminals
- Davies is awaiting trial for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl and was previously remanded at the Ikoyi Prison
An inmate serving jail time at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos state, Oluwaseyi Davies, has told a Lagos court in Ikeja that being in prison in the same cell with condemned criminals has affected his mental well being.
Davies asked the court to instruct the prison authorities to change his cell to a place that befits his alleged offence of defiling a 16-year-old girl, The Guardian reports.
The inmate begged Justice Sybil Nwaka and said his life is not safe in the prison cell as he faces daily threats from condemned criminals who are always after him.
He said: “My Lord, my life is in danger as I am not safe. My family members are not even aware I am in Kirikiri Prisons. I am daily threatened by the condemned inmates who have persistently desired to ram into me.”
Davies also accused the officials of the prisons from changing his location and that of other four inmates from Ikoyi prison where they were detained in Kirikiri Medium Prison without informing their lawyers or family members.
According to him, the officials came holding a list in his hand which had nine names but his name wasn’t included. He said the official handpicked him and four other inmates while excluding the actual people on the list.
“I have not slept since Saturday. The inmates I met in the cell had threatened to deal with me if I did not open my ‘yansh’ for them to explore. My life is in danger as I am not safe,” Davies said.
However, a prison officer (name withheld), said he did not know the reason for the transfer of the inmates to Kirikiri.
He said: “The officials at Ikoyi did not tell me the reason they transferred him. But maybe he committed an offence there because that is likely the reason. The defendant is very stubborn, so I think he is lying."
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Justice Nwaka therefore instructed the prison authority to look into the matter and the defence counsel, Samuel Adeyemo, to get back to him.
The case was then adjourned to Wednesday, March 27.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 17 inmates of the Nigerian Prison in Kaduna were on Tuesday, March 6, matriculated to study various courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) campuses in the state.
The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Abdallah Adamu, disclosed this during a brief matriculation ceremony held for the inmates at the Kaduna Convict Prison, Independence Way, Kaduna.
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