Ilorin-based Sobi FM news editor Dare Akogun said Nigerians need to help prisoners to facilitate their stay in custody..
He said during a recent visit to the Mandala Media Conservation Center in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara.
Akogun said he celebrated with more than 400 prisoners and donated clothing and other items to them.
He said it would help if Nigerians could contribute to the welfare of prisoners.
he remembered when he was Remanded In October 2022, he was held in jail along with his brother Abdul Rasheed Akogun over allegations of defamation of a Kwara government official.
The charges were dropped after six days of detention, but Akogun said it was visitors’ encouragement that helped him cope during that period.
He added that inmates are also part of society and should not be discriminated against, but rather should show love and compassion.
“When I was here in October So many people have taken the time to visit me at this place. Their words of encouragement have helped me a lot to cope while I was here.
“While spending time here, I realized that life in prison is a lesson that can only be learned through experience.
“To celebrate my birthday with you all, to repay the love I showed while here and the support of the well-meaning Nigerians who supported this cause with the donations that made it possible today. Did.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind well-meaning Nigerians not only when it is a time of celebration, but when we believe that inmates have whatever they need to support themselves and facilitate their stay in prison. I would like to call on the inmates to always remember them.”
Oyedele Asiyanbi, head of the Mandala Correctional Center and assistant controller (ACC) for corrections, praised Akogun and his friends for remembering the inmates.
“We want to use the media to educate people and call on well-meaning Nigerians to instill the habit of visiting prisons for motivational talks and donating items that promote prisons for inmates.” he said..
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