Visitors at the Owerri Prisons in Imo State capital are now forced to pay N400 naira before they could see their friends or relatives.
Inmates who wish to have a comfy cell at the G-ward are required to pay N30,000 naira for new inmates.
Older inmates at the ‘prestigeous G-ward pay N10,000 naira monthly.
Vanguard Nigeria gathered that a very senior official of Owerri Prisons purportedly imposed the N400 levy.
Aside from the fees listed above, another prison Guard is charged with the responsibility of raising N7,000 on daily basis from visitors.
G-ward inmates have become unruly and no longer accord respect to the warders, or obey their instructions.
One of the prison warders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “Inmates at the G- ward cells no longer obey the instructions of prison warders.
“This is because they pay the N10,000 every month after the initial payment of N30,000 for the allocation of the cell.
“In fact it is the detainees who now report warders to oga if they are reprimanded by any of the warders. It is that bad.”
Another officer who also did not want his name in print said that the new State Comptroller posted to Imo State, Mr.Aloy Uchenwa, who resumed duties in the state last month is not aware of the activities of the very senior official.
The Acting Public Relations Officer of the Imo State Prisons Command, Mr. Onyike Promise, denied the the allegations.
According to Onyike, “It is not true that visitors to the prisons are charged any money.
“If you come to the Prison, you will see it written boldly that visits are free and so it not true.
“Again, prison cells are also free and no inmate is charged a dime to be allocated to any cell.
“That is the much I know and that has been the rule in all prisons in Nigeria.”