That sick prison inmate in Delta State has finally lost his life

This news house had published pictures of a battered Nigerian prison in Delta State.

One of those that looked sickly in that post has given up the ghost.

Peter Onyema, one of many sick inmates held in dismal conditions in the prison, lost his life yesterday.

Inmates at the prison had last week raised alarm about abject neglect and dehumanization by the prison management.

Two sick prison inmates had told SaharaReporters that they needed urgent medical attention.

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Following the report, a few sympathizers donated the sum of N100,000 for the inmates’ medical treatment.

Two days later, the two sick inmates were transferred to the Federal Medical Center, Asaba.

However, Mr. Onyema lost his life two days after doctors had commenced treatment.

Following the revelations in the Delta State prison, the NGO that alerted newsmen about the said prison has alleged threat to his life.

The CEO of the NGO, Harrison Gwamnishu, accused a top prison official of threatening his life.

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“This is to draw the attention of the general public on the issue at Ogwashi-Uku prison.

“The Deputy Controller of Prisons [in] Ogwashi Uku (DCP), Francis Okonkwor, is after my life.

“He has boasted that should he lose his job following my photos and publication, he will [neutralize] me.

“I want to draw the attention of President Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, and others to this notice.

A prison warder disclosed that “Our prison authorities here have been running helter-skelter since the news broke out.

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“They have been trying to appease inmates to keep mute just in case higher authorities come on a fact-finding mission.

“Between180-200 awaiting trials are dumped in a cell with little ventilation, causing the spread of tuberculosis.

“Inmates get sick and lose their life and nothing happens.

“Because of water, 15 to 20 inmates have to use the toilet before flushing.

“And please ignore all the nonsense written by the Delta State Prison public relations officer, Mgbakor Uche.

“What she writes is laced with lies. She lied that inmates attend various trainings and workshops.

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“She forgot that the prison’s tailoring workshop is now being used by the management for personal business.

“The staff in charge gives returns to the deputy controller of prison in Ogwashi-Uku.

“Inmates are not allowed to learn. Churches provide the barbing salon and the clippers.

“The prison authorities use [the salon] as a venture for making money. Inmates are not engaged in learning.

“They use the services of awaiting trial inmates who are good in barbing to make money,” the source said.

The minister of interior said Nigeria spends 14,000 naira to feed each prison inmate.