Prison Life Better For Me, Man Who Spent 21 Years Behind Bars Declares

Prison Life Better For Me, Man Who Spent 21 Years Behind Bars Declares

- A middle-aged man has said that his prison experience taught him many things about life

- The man said that he studied Qur'an and some Islamic literature while in prison

- According to him, life was better for him while in prison than when he regained his freedom

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A recently released inmate from Katsina correctional centre, Malam Gambo Mohammed, has narrated how he spent 21 in prison, saying that life was better for him in the prison than when he regained his freedom.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, Mohammed said he grew up in PRP Brigade quarters in Nasarawa local government area of Kano state.

Prison Life Better For Me, Says Man Who Spent 21 Years Behind Bars
Gambo Mohammed, says prison life was better for him. Credit: Daily Trust.
Source: UGC gathered that he said after his O’level, he could not further his education, adding that ventured into fish business at Galadima area of Sabon Gari Market.

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Narrating how he found himself in the prison, he said he was at a wedding ceremony in his neighbour’s house and that there was a misunderstanding among the youths.

He said one guy was killed on the spot, stressing that when the police came, he was arrested despite that he too was injured.

According to him, after some time, he was taken to court and remanded in prison.

He said:

"I spent five years awaiting trial. Eventually, I was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment but I spent 21 years in prison. I stayed in Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano and later transferred to Kaduna before I was moved to Daura in Katsina state. It was in Daura that I regained my freedom during the prison decongesting exercise of the government."

Mohammed, however, said that life in prison is not a thing that one should wish even for one's enemy because one has to be patient and has to submit totally to Allah.

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He noted that during his stay in prison, he studied the Quran and other Islamic books, adding that hroughout he dedicated his life to pursuing Islamic knowledge because he was always in the mosque.

Life after prison?

The man said:

"When I returned home, I faced so many challenges. First, my parents died and our house was sold. My sisters used the money for food. Later, I went back to prison. For me, life in prison is much better than what I met outside because I get everything free of charge in prison.
"Recently, one organisation under Hajiya Fauziyya came to my rescue and even found a wife for me. The marriage took place two weeks ago. They paid rent for me. I am now happily married. What I am looking for now is a job."

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the operatives of the Edo Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) succeeded in foiling a jailbreak attempt at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) facility, Ubiaja.

It was reported that NSCDC's spokesman, Richard Ogbebor, told journalists that the officers of the command, led by Samuel Ogbeide, an assistant superintendent of corps 1, after getting a distress call, thwarted what would have turned into another bad news in the state.


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