Nigerian Man Donates N1m to Renovate Cell Days after Leaving Detention, Rolls out Plans for Other Inmates

Nigerian Man Donates N1m to Renovate Cell Days after Leaving Detention, Rolls out Plans for Other Inmates

- A Nigerian ex-detainee has rolled out humanitarian gesture for the Nigerian prisons days after his release from detention

- The man released N1 million for the renovation of the cell he was kept in

- He went on to reveal plans to organize a monthly football league for other inmates where they will be rewarded in cash

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A fresh ex-detainee has donated N1 million for the renovation of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) cell he was kept in.

The man identified as Onyekachi Okorie Daniel, who was formerly an aide to the Governor of Ebonyi State Dave Umahi, made the humanitarian gesture along with his friend, Saharareporters confirmed.

Nigerian Man Donates N1m to Renovate Cell Days after Leaving Detention, Rolls out Plans for Other Inmates
Man rolls out N1 million for renovation of prison cell after his release Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei, Saharareporters
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Onyekachi, in a Facebook post, said the money will be used in repainting the walls and retiling the cell floor. He went on to roll out his intention of having a monthly football league for inmates where they would win cash prizes.

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The ex-aide revealed to The Nation that he was detained for “defaming the wife of a serving commissioner and criticising the state government.”

Recounting the events that led to his detention and eventual release, Onyekachi who spent 11 days at the Nigerian Correction Centre, Afikpo he honoured a police invite that would turn to a charge.

His post read in part:

“I was invited with my friend, Uka Franklin Chikaodili, by the police on March 14, 2020, for interrogation for a case that should ordinarily be civil.
“We honoured the invitation. I was still writing my statement when the police, without even reading through, preferred a charge against us.
“To perfect the bidding of their paymasters, I was deliberately charged to the magistrates’ court with the intent to deny me bail and remand me in prison custody.
“I spent the remaining 11 days at the Nigeria Correction Centre, Afikpo. While in custody, I read new books and made friends."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a man who had spent 21 years at prison has said that prison life is better for him. 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.

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.


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