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Residents call for relocation of Oke-Kura prison

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By Daniel Ayantoye

Residents of Oke-Kura area in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital have called for relocation of the prison located in the community to a less congested area.

According to the report monitored on Channel TV yesterday, a resident of the area, Mohammed Ibrahim who recalled an attempted jail break incident recently stressed that the continuous presence of the facility in the community is dangerous to the residents.

 “There was a time we saw a bullet, we brought it here to complain and such is dangerous to residents of the area if not properly disposed”

In the same vein, the President of Ilorin Emirates Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) Alhaji AbdulHameed Adi supported the call for relocation of the prison adding that, “the place is not safe and secured for the people. Government should relocate it because if anything happens at the prison, such as a stray bullet, it could affect the residents of the area,” he divulged.

A member representing Ilorin East/South Constituency at the House of Representatives, Abubakar Amuda Kannike during an on-the-spot visit to the prison, said “the House will direct the committee on Army to carry out further investigation and to caution the military to interface with the community while discharging their duties.

“I also informed the committee to look into the possibility of decongesting the prison,” Kannike suggested.

Recall that Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed called for the reform of Nigerian prisons recently.

Ahmed, who made the call last week when he received the House of Representatives committee members on Army led by Hon Sunday Marshal Katung explained that the Oke-kura prison was long overdue for relocation, adding that it was not right for corrective institutions to be situated in such area.

According to him, stakeholders must come together and create a synergised approach of input support to create desired level of corrective institutions  that would rehabilitate people and get them absorbed into the society.

“We will see to it that the interior ministry will come out with strong position that will review the current status of the prisons even if it requires the Public Private Partnership (PPP) to improve the corrective institutions.”

Ahmed added that the state government in the interim would look at where its intervention measure will be most useful, adding that the real challenge was investing in the institution.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Hon Katung said they were in the state to have first hand information on the condition of the prison in the state.

The Chairman said the Oke-Kura prison is congested and appealed to Governor Ahmed to relocate the facility.

“The prison was built in 1914 to accommodate 150 inmates but presently about 350 are accommodated there. As stakeholders, we must look at what can be done to improve the present condition of the prisons and inmates.

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