Most dreaded prisons in Nigeria – Let us begin with a story, former President Olusegun Obasanjo told in 2014. The then Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio did something quite funny and eye-opening. While reacting to the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akpabio, confessed to the putrid performance of governments of the PDP as they faced an uncertain journey to the polls:
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“We have messed up,” he pleaded with Obasanjo, whose help he sought, “Please [don’t abandon us]. For me, I don’t want to go to jail and my children are too young…”
Even among the high and mighty, the fear of prisons in Nigeria is a real thing. And these are the most feared ones:
Some inmates of the Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, Ogun state have accused prison officials of extorting cash from them to carry out their official duties. According to one of the affected inmates, on court days, prison officials would force them to contribute money to fuel vehicles adding: “If not, they won’t take you to court, who knows, maybe it is on such a day that the court may set that person free.
“This prison is congested due to unnecessary remand of innocent persons because they have no money to bribe the officials.”